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Ad hominem

Definition of the adjective ad hominem

What does ad hominem mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
    • example: ad hominem arguments
    • similar: personal

Alternative definition of the adjective ad hominem


  1. Of or relating to ad hominem.

Definition of the adverb ad hominem

What does ad hominem mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. In an ad hominem manner.

Definition of the noun ad hominem

What does ad hominem mean as a name of something?


  1. [logical fallacy] 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.
  2. A personal attack.


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"Ad Hominem" is a composition, cataloged instance.


ad hominem: An ad hominem, short for argumentum ad hominem, means responding to arguments by attacking a person's character, rather than to the content of their arguments. When used inappropriately, it is a fallacy in which a claim or argument is dismissed on the basis of some irrelevant fact or supposition about the author or the person being criticized. Ad hominem reasoning is not always fallacious, for example, when it relates to the credibility of statements of fact or when used in certain kinds of moral and practical reasoning.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ad hominem

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Google previewA Dictionary of Thought Distortions (2014)

by Morten Tolboll

Ad hominem move is a Latin phrase meaning “to the person”. The devious move in debate, where you shift attention from the point in question to some nonrelevant aspect of the person making it. Calling someone ́s statement ad hominem is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Literary Devices (1991)

Gradus, A-Z by Bernard Marie Dupriez

Ad Hominem (Argument) ACTANTIAL PARADIGMS SOURIAU PROPP GREIMAS EXAMPLE Fo hero subject philosopher Bs princess (desired) object the world AT dispatcher dispatcher/donor God Os receiver/beneficiary humanity Op ...

Google previewThe Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary (2015)

Quick Reference by Stephen Michael Sheppard

AD HOMINEM (ARGUMENTUM AD HOMINEM) An argument directed not against a statement but against the person who made it. See also: FALLACY; FALLACY, AD VERECUNDIAM. AD IGNORANTIAM An appeal to ignorance as proof of a ...

Google previewCatholic Dictionary, Revised (2002)

by Peter Stravinskas

Ad Hominem (ahd HAWmeenehm): This Latin expression ...

Google previewThe Philosopher's Dictionary - Third Edition (2002)

by Robert M. Martin

ad hominem ad ignoranliam An ad hoc ASSUMPTION is one that is introduced illicitly in an attempt to save some position from a contrary ARGUMENT or ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English (2017)

by Clive Upton, William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

n, -z ad hoc BR ad 'hok AM ad ' hotsk, ad 'hak adhocracy BR ad'hpkrosi AM ad'hakrosi ad hominem BR ad hominem AM ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1984)

by B. A. Phythian

ad hominem [Lat.] Intended to appeal to emotions or prejudices rather than to the mind. Personal abuse of an opponent, instead of reasoned argument. (ad HOM-in-em) adieu [Fr.] Goodbye. Farewell. (a-DEW or a-DYUR) Plural ...

Google previewHistorical Encyclopedia of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (2009)

by Ari Ben-Menahem

ad cautelem ad hoc ad hominem ad infinitum ad nauseam ad rem a fortiori ...

Google previewUniversal Home and School Dictionary of the English Language, Self-pronouncing ... (1914)

argumentum ad hominem. [L.] An argument deriving its force from the situation of the person to whom it is addressed. arridre pensec. [Fr.] A mental reservation. ars est celare artem. [L.] True art is to conceal ...

Google previewThe Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1913)

ad hominem. Tothe (individual) man.— ad Infinitum. To an Infinite degree or extent; endlessly.— ad Interim. In the mean time; during the interval. a discretion. [F.l At discretion; without limit. ad libitum. [L.] At will; as much ...

Google previewAn Explanatory and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language, with Synonyms (1856)

Abridged from the American Dictionary of Noah Webster

Ad hominem, To the Interests or passions of the man. Anhucsubjiidfue lis est, The af fair is not yet decided. Ad Infinitum, To Infinity. Ad Inquirendum, For Inquiry; (a judicial writ.) Ad Interim. In the mean while. Ad libitum. At pleasure. Ad nauseam ...

Google previewThe Readable Dictionary (1860)

by John Williams (of Lancaster, O.)

Ad hominem, personal. (Addressed to the person.) Ad infinitum, to infinity. Ad interim, in the meantime. Ad libitum, at pleasure. Ad nauseam usgue, to satiety or disst A valorem, according to its value. Equo animo, willingly, or with composure.

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