ad hominem

ad hominem

[ad hom-uh-nuhm -nem, ahd‐]
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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World English Dictionary
ad hominem (æd ˈhɒmɪˌnɛm)
adj, —adv
1.  directed against a person rather than against his arguments
2.  based on or appealing to emotion rather than reason
[literally: to the man]

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Word Origin & History

ad hominem
c.1600, from L., lit. "to a man," from ad "to" + hominem, acc. of homo "man."
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Cultural Dictionary
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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