ad hominem

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Ellipsis of the Latin expression argumentum ad hominem (argument at the person). It can also mean attacking the messenger.

Noun[edit]

Examples
John Rawls was biased, so no one should take his theory of justice seriously.

They’re biased, so they’re wrong.[1]

ad hominem (plural ad hominems)

  1. Short for argumentum ad hominem: 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 themself.
  2. A personal attack.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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Adjective[edit]

ad hominem (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to this kind of fallacious objection.
    Well that's an ad hominem argument.

Adverb[edit]

ad hominem (not comparable)

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Byrd, Nick (2017-03-17), “The Bias Fallacy”, in Nick Byrd's Blog[1]

Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ad hominem (plural ad hominem, comparable)

  1. (of an argument) ad hominem (being a personal attack)

Adverb[edit]

ad hominem (not comparable)

  1. In an ad hominem manner.