contextomy (plural contextomies)
- The practice (or act) of quoting a person (or people) out of context, often with the aim of winning an argument, often intending obfuscation of the quote's actual meaning.
1964, Milton Mayer, What can a man do?: A selection of his most challenging writings, page 33:
- …saying that the Literary Gazette had committed the Chicago Tribune's habitual crime of contextomy against me.
1967, Paul F. Boller, Quotemanship: the use and abuse of quotations for polemical and other purposes, page 286:
- The competent quoteman, no matter how eager he is to outwit his opponent, will have neither the need nor the inclination to stoop to contextomy of the flagrantly mendacious sort.
2008 May 29, Amol Rajan, “Excellent! Theatres forced to withdraw misleading reviews”, in The Independent:
- The prosecution would have to prove that audiences were misled by the practice, known as contextomy. Those who break the laws could face fines…