Definition of ad hominem in English:

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ad hominem

Pronunciation: /ad ˈhɒmɪnɛm/

adverb& adjective

1(Of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining: [as adjective]: an ad hominem response
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  • Attacking the speaker because of his or her sour disposition is an ad hominem attack on personality.
  • This also means that Dean is wrong to say his conclusion about Orac is ad hominem in the sense he laid out.
  • However, the crux of his argument brings 'ad hominem' to a whole new level, and something worthy of debate.
2Relating to or associated with a particular person: [as adverb]: the office was created ad hominem for Fenton


Latin, literally 'to the person'.

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