the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc.

Origin of name-calling

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for name-calling

insult, mudslinging, smear, muckraking, name-calling, abusing

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British Dictionary definitions for name-calling



verbal abuse, esp as a crude form of argument
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