from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unfair or unsporting verbal attack on a vulnerable target.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A deliberate, unsportsmanlike, and potentially illegal act of aggression against an opponent.
  • n. A remark that unfairly disparages an obvious vulnerability of the target.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence
  • n. an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person


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  • An unfair or unsporting verbal attack that takes unfair advantage of a known weakness of the target. (from WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008