ad hominem

ad ho·mi·nem
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad hom-uh-nuh m -nem, ahd‐]
    • /æd ˈhɒm ə nəm -ˌnɛm, ɑd‐/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad hom-uh-nuh m -nem, ahd‐]
    • /æd ˈhɒm ə nəm -ˌnɛm, ɑd‐/

Definitions of ad hominem words

  • adjective ad hominem directed against a person rather than against his arguments 3
  • adjective ad hominem based on or appealing to emotion rather than reason 3
  • noun ad hominem appealing to prejudice and emotion rather than to reason 3
  • noun ad hominem attacking the character, motives, etc. of an opponent rather than debating the issue on logical grounds 3
  • adjective ad hominem appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason. 1
  • adjective ad hominem attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument. 1

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ad hominem popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for ad hominem

noun ad hominem

  • dirty pool — unethical, unfair, or unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • dirty tricks — underhand activities and machinations in political or governmental affairs, usually intended to discredit an opponent
  • hatchet job — a maliciously destructive critique or act: The special committee has done a hatchet job on the new proposal.
  • mudslinging — an attempt to discredit one's competitor, opponent, etc., by malicious or scandalous attacks.
  • smear — to spread or daub (an oily, greasy, viscous, or wet substance) on or over something: to smear butter on bread.

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