Definitions

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  • n. Protesting at hypocrisy; responding to criticism by accusing one's opponent of similar or worse faults.
  • n. Protesting at inconsistency; refusing to act in one instance unless similar action is taken in other similar instances.

Etymologies

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what about +‎ -ery Commonly used in describing political discourse during the Northern Ireland troubles.

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  • whataboutery, n.

    The Guardian, 12 April 2016:

    The Guardian also blocked comments that would otherwise disrupt or derail the debate: “whataboutery” of various kinds, or remarks that are clearly off-topic. While not abusive in themselves, such comments serve to make a constructive debate impossible, and show a lack of respect to the journalist and to other commenters in the thread.

    May 5, 2016