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tu quoque

[too kwoh-kwe; English too kwoh-kwee, -kwey, tyoo] /tu ˈkwoʊ kwɛ; English tu ˈkwoʊ kwi, -kweɪ, tyu/
Latin.
1.
thou too: a retort by one charged with a crime accusing an opponent who has brought the charges of a similar crime.
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Examples from the Web for tu quoque
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  • I must reply with the tu quoque, though I've not that effect on you.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • You might retort with a tu quoque, but it would not be true.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • This is what may be called a tu quoque (thou also) argument.

    Political economy W. Stanley Jevons
  • To this she made no retort, though a tu quoque would have been most just.

  • He used the inconclusive and dangerous argument of tu quoque.

    The War and the Churches

    Joseph McCabe
  • Durrance could have countered with a tu quoque, but he refrained.

    The Four Feathers

    A. E. W. Mason
  • Tiberius said to Galba, tu quoque, Galba, degustabis imperium.

    Essays Francis Bacon
  • Of course the tu quoque retort was inevitable; but Canning's curiosity was not gratified.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Your Englishman is always afraid to commit himself to criticism without the refuge of a tu quoque.

  • The retort, however happy, is no more conclusive than other cases of the tu quoque.

    Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen
British Dictionary definitions for tu quoque

tu quoque

/tjuː ˈkwəʊkwɪ/
interjection
1.
you likewise: a retort made by a person accused of a crime implying that the accuser is also guilty of the same crime
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Word Origin and History for tu quoque

Latin, literally "thou also" (or, in modern slang, "so are you!"); an argument which consists in retorting accusations.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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