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 Dictionary entry overview: What does name calling mean? 

  The noun NAME CALLING has 1 sense:

1. verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument

  Familiarity information: NAME CALLING used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1name calling [BACK TO TOP]


Verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


name calling; names

Context example:

sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me

Hypernyms ("name calling" is a kind of...):

calumniation; calumny; defamation; hatchet job; obloquy; traducement (a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions)

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