from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Attacking a person's character or motivations rather than a position or argument.
- adjective Appealing to the emotions rather than to logic or reason.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun To the man; to the interests or passions of the person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- A phrase applied to an appeal or argument addressed to the principles, interests, or passions of a man.
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- noun logical fallacy A
fallacious objectionto an argument or factual claimby appealing to a characteristic or belief of the person making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substanceof the argument or producing evidenceagainst the claim; an attempt to argue against an opponent's idea by discreditingthe opponent himself.
- noun A personal
- adjective Of or relating to ad hominem.
- adverb In an ad hominem manner.
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- adjective appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin : ad, to + hominem, accusative of homō, man.]
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Shortened from the Latin expression argumentum ad hominem, argument at the man (man as in a human being, not man as a male). From argumentum (meaning "argument") + ad (meaning "to" or "at") + hominem, the accusative singular of homo (meaning "man"). It can also mean attacking the messenger.
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