For example: If a person tells another person, "You're racist" and the other person responds, "No, I'm not racist. But I just don't like to see Black and White people dating because it's not right", then the other person responds back, "Thanks for making my point."

  • "Is there a word for X" is a bit vague. Do you want a noun or an adjective? (or maybe even a verb) Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 22:22
  • Not sure if there's really a good word for this. I think you'd be better of just using a sentence as a dialogue response or as a description. Along the lines of, "You just proved my point!", or "That's an argument against your stance", etc. You might have a blank spot in your text/hypothetical conversation that only accepts words, but sometimes its better to just reimagine the entire text/conversation to allow a different approach. That said, there could very well be a perfect word out there for your purposes.
    – user110391
    Commented Jul 13, 2022 at 22:08

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How about self-defeating? From Lexico:

self-defeating: (of an action) preventing rather than achieving a desired result; futile.

The person in your example is making a self-defeating argument, thereby inadvertently making your point for you.


Perhaps you are looking for this:

take the words out of someone's mouth

Say what someone else was about to say.

"You can only mumble ‘You took the words out of my mouth… ‘quietly while the boss praises them."



One phrase which could describe such a person is

give (oneself) away

To reveal or make known—usually unintentionally—something about oneself, such as one's actions, intentions, ideas, guilt, etc.

  • Margaret had been embezzling money from the corporate account for years, but she finally gave herself away when she claimed her two-month trip to Paris as a business expense. (freedictionary).

Aside: This may be beside the point, but I would also describe such a person as guilty. If you are not guilty, you have nothing to give away.

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