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ad hominem

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EtymologyEdit

Shortened from the Latin expression argumentum ad hominem, argument at the person. From argumentum (meaning "argument") + ad (meaning "to" or "at") + hominem, the accusative singular of homo (meaning "man"). It can also mean attacking the messenger.

NounEdit

ad hominem (plural ad hominems)

  1. A fallacious objection to an argument or factual claim by appealing to a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim; an attempt to argue against an opponent's idea by discrediting the opponent himself.
  2. A personal attack.

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AdjectiveEdit

ad hominem

  1. Of or relating to ad hominem.
    Well that's an ad hominem argument.

AdverbEdit

ad hominem

  1. In an ad hominem manner.
    He tried to make his case by arguing ad hominem.