Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Verbal abuse; insulting language.

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  • noun Abusive or insulting language.

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Examples

  • Or the political science major who insists that the democratic process doesn't have to devolve into partisan name-calling?

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  • Even if you could argue that favoring a narrow inheritance tax is a Marxist tenet, using some very tenuous definition of "tenet," it's still inane name-calling to claim that advocating for one means a candidate has Marxist views.

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  • The hyperbole, and the name-calling, and the inability to have a discussion without resorting to either of those tactics is really undermining the way politics is done in America, and the way anything can get done.

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  • By all means, intelligently debate the issues, but please, out of respect for our fellow human beings, can we leave the name-calling, labels and put-downs aside?

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  • And I think that if you make these, yes, extremist or inflammatory rhetorical claims, you put the opposition in a tough spot because the opposition, it will either be reduced to name-calling, calling you an extremist, or taking you on - taking your words on at face value, which is where you want them because you don't really mean what you're saying anyway.

    Decoding 2010 Political Attack Buzzwords

  • And I think that if you make these, yes, extremist or inflammatory rhetorical claims, you put the opposition in a tough spot because the opposition, it will either be reduced to name-calling, calling you an extremist, or taking you on - taking your words on at face value, which is where you want them because you don't really mean what you're saying anyway.

    Decoding 2010 Political Attack Buzzwords

  • The hyperbole, and the name-calling, and the inability to have a discussion without resorting to either of those tactics is really undermining the way politics is done in America, and the way anything can get done.

    Democrats Hope To Benefit From Stewart's Rally

  • I endured those tough years of loneliness and name-calling by working hard, fending off the bullies with wit, humor and inner toughness, and by being one of the smartest kids in the classroom.

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  • Ms. CARY: Well, I think when you can't argue on the policies, you start throwing the kitchen sink and name-calling and using this extreme label.

    Decoding 2010 Political Attack Buzzwords

  • Ms. CARY: Well, I think when you can't argue on the policies, you start throwing the kitchen sink and name-calling and using this extreme label.

    Decoding 2010 Political Attack Buzzwords

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