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


obtrectation (countable and uncountable, plural obtrectations)

  1. (obsolete) Disparagement, the belittling of someone or something; slander. [16th-18th c.]
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, 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.