One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘Adhere to the principle of ‘audiatur et altera pars,’ and avoid all flavors of ad hominem attacks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's no way to conduct a civil discussion, either, but it reverses the cause and effect of a true ad hominem attack.’
- ‘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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