ad hominem

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ad hominem appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason) "ad hominem arguments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ad hominem A phrase applied to an appeal or argument addressed to the principles, interests, or passions of a man.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., to the man

Usage

In literature:

He is arguing 'ad hominem' according to the notions of mythology current in his age.
"Apology Also known as "The Death of Socrates"" by Plato
We could still add to these a whole category of shorter methods of gaining the end, which might be called arguments ad hominem.
"On War" by Carl von Clausewitz
Did you perceive the argumentum ad hominem Huxley about kangaroo and bear?
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
ARGUMENTUM AD HOMINEM, AD FEMINAM, lit.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
The argumentum ad hominem is not an easy thing with men, but with women it is impossible.
"The Enchanted Typewriter" by John Kendrick Bangs
This fallacy is known as the Ad Hominem fallacy.
"Sequential Problem Solving" by Fredric Lozo
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
AD HOMINEM (L.), to the man, personal.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
Et inueniet unum hominem ad quamlibet trium precariarum ad cibum domini.
"Villainage in England" by Paul Vinogradoff
Quid ad hominem claustra, carcer, custodia?
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Argumenta ad Hominem, i.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume IV (of 4)" by George Grote
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In news:

You Mean HuffPo Bloggers Sometimes Make Ad Hominem Attacks.
Fox penners, unable to defend this cruelty through rational dialog, have engaged in a pattern of threats and ad hominem attacks on anyone who dares challenge the ethics of this barbarism .
Disagree, but avoid ad hominem (personal) attacks.
The opening program in Music of Remembrance's 15th season represents one of those ad hominem occasions where to offer anything in the nature.
WWAY reserves the right to delete comments that are abusive, off-topic, use any foul language, or include ad hominem attacks.
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In science:

The published criticisms include unjustified ad hominem attacks and other rhetorical fallacies, gross exaggerations depending upon unjustified presuppositions, and valid concerns affecting the accuracy but not the validity of considering the OSS rating as a measure of relative handgun load effectiveness.
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
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