ad hominem argument

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ad hominem argument ‎(plural ad hominem arguments)

  1. (logic) A type of fallacious argument in which the attempt is made to refute a theory or belief by discrediting the person(s) who advocate that theory or belief.
    • 1981, Walter S. Minot, "A Rhetorical View of Fallacies: Ad Hominem and Ad Populum," Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 11, no. 4, p. 223,
      The ad hominem argument is normally defined as an argument attacking the source of a proposition or argument rather than the proposition or argument itself.