ad hominem

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

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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Adjective[edit]

ad hominem

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

Adverb[edit]

ad hominem

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