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


obtrectation (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.