ad hominem [ ad -hom-uh-nuhm -nem, ahd‐ ]
1. attacking an opponent's character or motives rather than answering the argument or claim.
2. appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason. Compare ad feminam.
WORDS RELATED TO AD HOMINEM
dirty pool, dirty tricks, hatchet job, mudslinging, smear, smear campaign, blackening, muckraking, name-calling
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Origin: First recorded in 1580–90 for def. 2, and in 1780–90 for def. 1; from Latin: literally, “to a person”
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