Definition of mudslinging in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmədˌsliNGiNG/


The use of insults and accusations, especially unjust ones, with the aim of damaging the reputation of an opponent.
Example sentences
  • It makes me angry that the leader of the opposition, behind his endless accusations and mud-slinging at the PM, seems to be a very lazy and unimaginative individual.
  • The Polish deal was marked by mud-slinging, with accusation and counter-accusation from both sides, although none has yet stuck.
  • This scathing assessment of the ruling meant that critics would have to find solid arguments to attack his work, rather than rely on mud-slinging, Mr Lomborg said.



(also mud-sling) verb
Example sentences
  • ‘Instead of the Irish Government responding to the demands and ending their support, they have instead chosen to mud-sling against the anti-war movement and tell lies about it,’ he said.
  • Is the ability to mud-sling the most desired talent for our next President?
  • I was just pointing out your flawed logic, but yet again you'd rather mud-sling than make actual logical points or counterarguments.


Pronunciation: /ˈmədˌsliNGər/
(also mud-slinger) noun
Example sentences
  • Like most anti-war mud-slingers, he merely sets-up a string of false straw-men & then - surprise, surprise - manages to knock them all down.
  • Plus, she's a bare-knuckled, gritty mud-slinger that would give him a worthwhile opponent when the debates roll around.
  • I was wondering why he's being such a mud-slinger, you know, against Al Gore.

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Syllabification: mud·sling·ing

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