- 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
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Examples from the Web for name-calling
The document said Wright was condescending and had “resorted to name-calling,” though no examples were offered.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
I'm a particular target of Taranto's name-calling, and not for the first time.James Taranto, Heckler?
January 31, 2013
And all of us in a democracy should be more hesitant before resorting to name-calling and slurs.Why The Hagel Trial Balloon Popped
December 25, 2012
Most candidates for high office have taken a page from ‘Honey Boo Boo’: focusing on spectacle, weird asides, and name-calling.Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren Contest in Massachusetts: Ugliest Senate Race
September 28, 2012
Name-calling and distortions of his plan by Democrats is not an effective long-term strategy, nor is it good for the country.Why The Screwed Generation Is Turning To Paul Ryan
August 16, 2012
The ensuing battle of vituperation and name-calling brought no honor to either side.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
Jens Christian Aaberg
- verbal abuse, esp as a crude form of argument
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