name-call·​ing ˈnām-ˌkȯ-liŋ How to pronounce name-calling (audio)
: the use of offensive names especially to win an argument or to induce rejection or condemnation (as of a person or project) without objective consideration of the facts

Examples of name-calling in a Sentence

the campaign quickly degenerated into name-calling rather than an intelligent discussion of the issues
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the ruling also did not stop the name-calling that has long accompanied SB9 and SB10. Thomas Elias, The Mercury News, 24 May 2024 But schools have degenerated into Chinese re-education camps to indoctrinate youth in fact-free intellectual dogmas currently in vogue through name-calling, ostracism and concocted accusations of bigotry. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 3 Mar. 2024 The company stressed the need to be respectful: no trolling, no name-calling, no politics. Nico Grant, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 My partner is not physically abusive but checks a lot of other boxes: yelling, vicious anger, name-calling, silent treatments. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2024 For more than a year, whenever the Campbell County Republican committee met, there was shouting, name-calling, and constant interrupting. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 27 Feb. 2024 Aggressive Confrontation Aggressive confrontation is a conflict style marked by hostile and confrontational communication, including yelling, name-calling and personal attacks. Mark Travers, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Well, except for the bad stuff — the armchair experts, the name-calling on social media, the chorus and the doubt. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 15 Feb. 2024 That led to criticism that Salazar was acting like the Cuban regime and devolved later into name-calling. Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of name-calling was in 1819

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“Name-calling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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