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Obloquy — Shame or Criticism

Posted by kazvorpal on August 31, 2016




Shame, or condemnation; especially by a group of people

“Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and their tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.”
Learned Hand, “The Preservation of Personality” (1927)

“The desire to do something that shall benefit the world, when neither praise nor obloquy will reach us where we sleep soundly in the grave, is the noblest ambition entertained by man.”
Grand Pontiff, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871)

“Proudhon, conceiving a natural law of balance operating within society, rejects authority as an enemy and not a friend of order, and throws back at the authoritarians the accusations leveled at anarchists; in the process he adopts the title he hopes to have cleared of obloquy.”
George Woodcock, Anarchism, a History of Libertarian Ideas (1962)

From Latin, ob (against) + loqui (to speak). Like “to speak against”. Easy to remember, because it’s the same root as the word “loquatious” (talkative).


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