ad hominem[ad häm′ə nem′]
- The definition of ad hominem is appealing to emotion and prejudice rather than reason or logic.
Showing an innocent victim's face instead of providing factual evidence is an example of an ad hominem approach.
- appealing to prejudice and emotion rather than to reason
- attacking the character, motives, etc. of an opponent rather than debating the issue on logical grounds
Origin of ad hominemClassical Latin literally , to the man
- Attacking a person's character or motivations rather than a position or argument: Debaters should avoid ad hominem arguments that question their opponents' motives.
- Appealing to the emotions rather than to logic or reason.
Origin of ad hominemLatin : ad, to + hominem, accusative of homō, man.
- ad hom′i·nem′
(plural ad hominems)
- 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.
- A personal attack.
- ad verecundiam (see Argument from authority)
- appeal to authority
- ipse dixit
- Of or relating to ad hominem.
- Well that's an ad hominem argument.
- In an ad hominem manner.
- He tried to make his case by arguing ad hominem.
ad hominem - Legal Definition
To the person. Appealing to personal prejudices instead of reason; attacking one’s character rather than his arguments.