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ad hominem

adjective ad ho·mi·nem \ (ˈ)ad-ˈhä-mə-ˌnem , -nəm \
Updated on: 18 Mar 2018

Definition of ad hominem

1 : appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect
  • an ad hominem argument
2 : marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made
  • made an ad hominem personal attack on his rival

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Origin and Etymology of ad hominem

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


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ad hominem

adverb

Definition of ad hominem

: in an ad hominem manner
  • was arguing ad hominem

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Origin and Etymology of ad hominem

derivative of 1ad hominem


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