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tu quoque (too KWO-kwee) noun

noun: A retort accusing one's accuser of the same offense.

[From Latin, literally thou also.]

"The Republicans sold access too: Mr Young's largesse won him meetings with Newt Gingrich, the speaker of the House, and Bob Dole, then Senate majority leader. This tu quoque attack on Mr Barbour begins to look like simple partisanship."
Inside the Belly of the Beast; The Economist (London, UK); Jul 26, 1997.

"Showing that the critics and denigrators of those cultural traditions were themselves intellectual imposters, mountebanks, or monsters, as Kimball repeatedly does here, fails to solve the problem because it is based on the tu quoque fallacy."
Lloyd Eby; The Trouble With Looking Backward; The World & I (Washington, DC); Sep 1, 2001.

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