name-calling

name-calling
\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\ noun
: the use of opprobrious designations especially to win an argument or to induce rejection or condemnation (as of a person or project) without due and unimpassioned consideration of relevant facts

the campaign degenerated into mere scurrilous name-calling

not above name-calling when it served his purposes

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ˈname-calling [name-calling] noun uncountable
the act of using rude or insulting words about sb

They were subjected to name-calling and jokes at their expense.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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