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ad hominem

[ad hom-uh-nuh m -nem, ahd‐] /æd ˈhɒm ə nəm -ˌnɛm, ɑd‐/
appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason.
attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument.
Compare ad feminam
< Latin: lit, to the man Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ad hominem

ad hominem

/æd ˈhɒmɪˌnɛm/
adjective, adverb
directed against a person rather than against his arguments
based on or appealing to emotion rather than reason
Compare ad rem See also argumentum ad hominem
Word Origin
literally: to the man
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Word Origin and History for ad hominem

c.1600, Latin, literally "to a man," from ad "to" (see ad-) + hominem, accusative of homo "man" (see homunculus).

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ad hominem in Culture
ad hominem [(ad hom-uh-nem, ad hom-uh-nuhm)]

A Latin expression meaning “to the man.” An ad hominem argument is one that relies on personal attacks rather than reason or substance.

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