affective fallacy

noun

: the error in literary criticism of judging a work on the basis of its effect on the reader

Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affective fallacy was in 1948

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“Affective fallacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affective%20fallacy. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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