This is similar to a previous question (... accuses another of doing something which they did ...) but more generalized. Two examples: A German woman athlete falsely accused other women athletes of being men; it transpired that she was a man. Similarly, Trump repeatedly called Clinton "Crooked Hillary." Who was the real crook? In my personal experience, this is a very common phenomenon. One suggestion was "Projecting." Does this imply deflection? One conclusion to the original question was that a new word needed to be coined. I propose the word "Gasblagging." (see Gaslighting and Blagging.)

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  • I vaguely recall that some years ago the Oxford Dictionary carried the entry "Spenlow & Jorkins", the meaning of which was given as something like "The art of blaming someone else for one's own wrongdoings". Spenlow & Jorkins are characters from Dickens novel "David Copperfield". – BillJ Oct 4 '18 at 15:35

While I vote +1 for "gasblagging", the common term is projecting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.

The origin of the theory is Sigmund Freud

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    If the action was involuntary, I would agree with "projection", but does it apply when it is a deliberate technique? – Royforge Oct 4 '18 at 14:21
  • @Royforge, when it is used just as "projecting" it is a layman's version of the psychological condition with a much looser definition, so this is how it is commonly used. (I'm not sure the psychological term means that it is only unconscious behavior.) – wetcircuit Oct 4 '18 at 14:24

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