personal attack

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personal attack (plural personal attacks)

  1. Making of an abusive remark on or relating to one's person instead of providing evidence when examining another person's claims or comments.
    • 1989, Douglas N. Walton, Informal Logic[1]:
      Basically, it is a personal attack on an arguer that brings the individuals's personal circumstances, trustworthiness, or character into question.

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