mudslinger

noun
mud·​sling·​er | \ ˈməd-ˌsliŋ-ər How to pronounce mudslinger (audio) \

Definition of mudslinger

: one that makes malicious attacks especially against a political opponent

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mudslinging \ ˈməd-​ˌsliŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce mudslinger (audio) \ noun

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Examples of mudslinger in a Sentence

a local hot-button issue that has turned some normally mild-mannered neighbors into letter-writing mudslingers
Recent Examples on the Web Social media platforms were a critical battleground during the campaign, with political mudslingers waging cyberwar with few legal constraints after the government failed to act on calls for a new law to protect democracy in the internet age. Danica Kirka, Fox News, "UK's Johnson, Corbyn cast votes as nation decides which party will resolve Brexit impasse," 12 Dec. 2019 Social media platforms were a critical battleground during the campaign, with political mudslingers waging cyberwar with few legal constraints after the government failed to act on calls for a new law to protect democracy in the internet age. Washington Post, "UK voters decide who they want to resolve Brexit impasse," 12 Dec. 2019 In 2010, when the group launched ahead of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, Brock had imposed a set of self-regulations on the staff that would cultivate an air of respectability for the mudslingers. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "What Hurts a Political Opponent in the Age of Trump?," 20 May 2018 What must be almost the last charge of this decimated brigade of mudslingers approaches again, carrying with them like a Kathy Griffin icon the utter imbecility of the Steele accusations. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Steele Dossier Is Still Absurd," 11 Oct. 2017 If that lady is a 101-year-old movie legend, any would-be mudslingers best take care, her attorney said this week. Christie D'zurilla, latimes.com, "Did You Hear ... ? Ed Skrein walks from 'Hellboy,' Harvey victims get Hollywood help, and more from the week in entertainment," 2 Sep. 2017 He isn’t known as a dogface solider boy or mudslinger in South Miami. Alex Butler, miamiherald, "For 66 years, he has lived on this block, now named for the World War II veteran," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of mudslinger

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Mudslinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mudslinger. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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