English speakers can choose from several synonyms to name a tongue-lashing. Abuse is a good general term that usually stresses the anger of the speaker and the harshness of the language, as in \"scathing verbal abuse.\" Vituperation often specifies fluent, sustained abuse; \"a torrent of vituperation\" is a typical use of this term. Invective implies vehemence comparable to vituperation but may suggest greater verbal and rhetorical skill; it may also apply especially to a public denunciation, as in \"blistering political invective.\" Obloquy, which comes from the Late Latin ob- (meaning \"against\") plus loquī (meaning \"to speak\"), suggests defamation and consequent shame and disgrace; a typical example of its use is \"subjected to obloquy and derision.\"
These examples illustrate how obloquy can refer to both spoken and written language that is abusive or defamatory. In the first example, the politician faced criticism and negative comments from the media and public, leading to a loss of reputation. In the second example, the celebrity faced negative comments on social media, which can also lead to a loss of reputation and public image.
A long, long time ago Spigelman CJ used a quaint but obscure expression to describe what was required to constitute unconscionable conduct under the Trade Practices Act. He said the conduct had to involve a \"high degree of moral obloquy\": Attorney-General (New South Wales) v World Best Holdings Ltd (2005) 63 NSWLR 557;  NSWCA 261 at .
As he so often does, Gillray finds a way of brilliantly reflecting the prevailing mood of the partiesinvolved. We see all the Whig leaders who spoke in the recent debates transformed into rats with acombination of guilt, despair, and fright on their faces abandoning the House of Commons and leading a floodof other ministry opponents cascading down from the opposition benches and gallery, across the threshold, and outthe main doorway, saving themselves from \"insult and obloquy.\" But in stark contrast to thechaos and the every-man-for-himself confusion of the Whig rats as they rush diagonally across the print,Gillray portrays the House of Commons itself straight on, upright, solid, with the Speaker in his chair, framed byclassical pillars and marble doorway. The only weaknesses visible in its structure are on the opposition side.Inside Pitt, with raised arm, adresses the chamber as usual. The point, I take it, is to dispute the Whig viewof a country reeling from calamity to calamity in danger of dissolution and to assert the fundamental strengthof British institutions. 59ce067264