ad feminam


ad fe·​mi·​nam (ˈ)ad-ˈfe-mə-nəm How to pronounce ad feminam (audio)
: marked by or being an attack on a woman's character rather than an answer to the contentions made compare ad hominem entry 1

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, literally, "to the woman"

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ad feminam was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Ad feminam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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