argumentum ad hominem

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argumentum ad hominem (ˌɑːɡjʊˈmɛntʊm æd ˈhɒmɪˌnɛm)
1.  fallacious argument that attacks not an opponent's beliefs but his motives or character
2.  argument that shows an opponent's statement to be inconsistent with his other beliefs
3.  an instance of either of these
[literally: argument to the person]

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