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name-calling

[neym-kaw-ling]
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noun
  1. the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc.
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Origin of name-calling

First recorded in 1890–95
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insultmudslingingsmearmuckrakingname-callingabusing

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name-calling

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