ad hominem

  1. Noun.   (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. Noun.   A personal attack.
  3. Adjective.  Of or relating to ad hominem.
  4. Adverb.  In an ad hominem manner.

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