ad hominem

ad hominem

[ad hom-uh-nuhm -nem, ahd‐]
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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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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ad hominem
c.1600, from L., lit. "to a man," from ad "to" + hominem, acc. of homo "man."
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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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