From Middle French obtrectacion and its source, Latin obtrectātiō (“disparagement”), from the participle stem of obtrectāre.
obtrectation (plural obtrectations)
- (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.