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argumentum ad hominem

/ˌɑːɡjʊˈmɛntʊm æd ˈhɒmɪˌnɛm/
noun (logic)
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
Word Origin
literally: argument to the person
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Examples from the Web for argumentum ad hominem
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  • You have nobly substituted the argumentum ab humanitate for the argumentum ad hominem, which you so justly condemn.

  • It was an argumentum ad hominem, and drawn from a popular faith.

  • It was a masterful bit of hypocritical eloquence, of argumentum ad hominem; but it was made to simple and illiterate hearers.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • I have necessarily, in answering the Senator, gone somewhat into the argumentum ad hominem.

    The Life of Jefferson Davis Frank H. Alfriend
  • It was not to this, however, that he directed his objection: the argumentum ad hominem came more easily to him.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
  • The latter had nothing better to appeal to than that notoriously feeble resource, the argumentum ad hominem.

  • The fallacy in logic known as the argumentum ad hominem becomes a pale thing in comparison with this new argumentum ad terram.

  • In a case like this the argumentum ad hominem, though a perfectly fair one, is a perfectly useless one.

  • argumentum ad hominem—appealing to an opponent's professed views.

    A Logic Of Facts George Jacob Holyoake
  • This line of defence may, as against Home Rulers, be disposed of at once by an argumentum ad hominem.

    A Leap in the Dark A.V. Dicey

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