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View synonyms for name-calling

name-calling

[ neym-kaw-ling ]

noun

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


name-calling

noun

  1. verbal abuse, esp as a crude form of argument


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Word History and Origins

Origin of name-calling1

First recorded in 1890–95

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Example Sentences

The document said Wright was condescending and had “resorted to name-calling,” though no examples were offered.

This fight was like something we typically see in reality shows, complete with name calling and screaming.

Which brings us to the sad reality that when defeated on every plane of fact and logic, conservatives resort to name calling.

Over-the-top name-calling is a key element of any major political clash.

I'm a particular target of Taranto's name-calling, and not for the first time.

Since last June the peaceful sounds have alternated curiously with renewals of the old name-calling and intransigeance.

The ensuing battle of vituperation and name-calling brought no honor to either side.

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