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ad hominem

[ad hom-uh-nuh m -nem, ahd‐] /æd ˈhɒm ə nəm -ˌnɛm, ɑd‐/
adjective
1.
appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason.
2.
attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument.
Compare ad feminam
Origin
< Latin: lit, to the man
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British Dictionary definitions for ad hominem

ad hominem

/æd ˈhɒmɪˌnɛm/
adjective, adverb
1.
directed against a person rather than against his arguments
2.
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 [(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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