tu quoque

[ too kwoh-kwe; English too kwoh-kwee, -kwey, tyoo ]

  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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How to use tu quoque in a sentence

  • I must reply with the tu quoque, though I've not that effect on you.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James
  • Cum Marcum Brutum, quem filii loco habebat in se inruentem vidisset, dixisse fertur: tu quoque, mi fili!

    Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond
  • Being average human beings, indeed, they invariably retort to any charges made against them with an angry tu quoque to the South.

  • By the bandying of insults we profit nothing; there can be no useful rebuke which is exposed to a tu quoque.

  • Even on the superficial conversion of the Derbyites to free trade, Mr. Gladstone found a tu quoque against the whigs.

British Dictionary definitions for tu quoque

tu quoque

/ Latin (tjuː ˈkwəʊkwɪ) /

  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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