If you are on the receiving end of obloquy, then society has turned against you and you are in a state of disgrace. Poor Hester Prynne who was forced to wear a red "A" on her chest for "adultery" knows all about obloquy.

If you break the word obloquy into its two Latin roots, you have ob, meaning “against” and loqui, meaning "to speak" — so obloquy means “to speak against," in an especially mean way. Obloquy can also be the result of public shame, or criticism. Sometimes obloquy takes the form of offensive or rude language: "It's not easy, but I've found it's best to ignore my sister's obloquy when I beat her in Monopoly."

Definitions of obloquy
  1. noun
    state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
    synonyms: opprobrium
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    disgrace, ignominy, shame
    a state of dishonor
  2. noun
    abusive language or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
    synonyms: calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement
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    assassination, blackwash, character assassination
    an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
    malignment, smear, vilification
    slanderous defamation
    a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    name calling, names
    verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument
    epithet, name
    a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
    slanderous remarks or charges
    smear word
    an epithet that can be used to smear someone's reputation
    type of:
    depreciation, derogation, disparagement
    a communication that belittles somebody or something
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