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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; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , 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.