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[neym-kaw-ling] /ˈneɪmˌkɔ lɪŋ/
the use of abusive names to belittle or humiliate another person in a political campaign, an argument, etc.
Origin of name-calling
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for name-calling
  • And your choice to engage in name-calling is regrettable.
  • In fact, name-calling is beneath all of us in higher education.
  • As a result nothing but name-calling and posturing occur.
  • She shot polite versions of the debate, as well as versions with interruptions, shouts and name-calling.
  • Until you can offer such proof, grow up and stop the name-calling, and accept that other people may validly disagree with you.
  • The result is rising tempers and name-calling on all sides.
  • In the past few weeks, the name-calling has become both personal and public.
  • If the last resort of a scoundrel is patriotism, then the next-to-last must surely be name-calling.
  • When the level of comments reaches name-calling the commenter clearly has nothing intelligent left to say.
  • Amid all this name-calling, there were a few odd winners.
British Dictionary definitions for name-calling


verbal abuse, esp as a crude form of argument
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for name-calling



The assigning of malicious designations in politics, debate, etc; character assassination; vilification: They soon sank to simple name-calling (1853+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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