obtrectation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French obtrectacion and its source, Latin obtrectātiō (disparagement), from the participle stem of obtrectāre.

Noun[edit]

obtrectation (plural obtrectations)

  1. (obsolete) Disparagement, the belittling of someone or something; slander. [16th-18th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.2.5.i:
      For as anger, fear, sorrow, obtrectation, emulation, etc. [] cause grievous diseases in the body, so bodily diseases affect the soul by consent.