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One who makes malicious charges and otherwise attempts to discredit an opponent, as in a political campaign.

mud′sling′ing n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) casting malicious slurs on an opponent, esp in politics
ˈmudˌslinger n


(ˈmʌdˌslɪŋ ɪŋ)

efforts to discredit one's opponent by malicious or scandalous attacks.
mud′sling`er, n.
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An attempt to destroy someone's reputation:


[ˈmʌdˌslɪŋɪŋ] Ninjurias fpl
there won't be any mudslinging in this campaignno habrá ataques personales en esta campaña
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There may be no more enigmatic concept in politics than negative campaigning.
SOME months ago I caused a commotion on these letters pages for highlighting the negative campaigning of the Colne Valley Labour Party.
LABOUR Councillors Lambert and Stockdale stated in the Journal (Jan 5) that they do not believe in negative campaigning - yet in the same letter launched into precisely that kind of negative tirade against Ukip.
Objective: Negative campaigning consists of criticizing one s political opponent in an attempt to win voters by diminishing the attractiveness of the opponent.
Negative campaigning has been a central part of every UK election in history.
The campaigns fought were based on local issues and I am glad to say that negative campaigning was kept to an absolute minimum, demonstrating the calibre of all who stood.
Voters have a right to know the facts even if these are described as black propaganda and negative campaigning.
A key figure in the anti-independence campaign yesterday promised to ditch negative campaigning.
7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An unprecedented investment in negative campaigning paid off for Barack Obama, said former presidential candidate Gary Bauer, "which I predict will tarnish his place in history and lead to further alienation and cynicism.
Mr Gallagher, who has doubled his share of the vote according to the latest polls, accused his opponents of negative campaigning.
The whole point of this campaign in changing the voting system should not be negative campaigning but how to improve democracy in Britain.
We are hoping that this would include the growing opposition to what we call a negative campaigning style that seeks only political points at the expense of the current president," Olivar said.