Definition of ad hominem in US English:

ad hominem

adverb & adjective

  • 1(of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining.

    as adjective ‘vicious ad hominem attacks’
    • ‘Attacking the speaker because of his or her sour disposition is an ad hominem attack on personality.’
    • ‘Adhere to the principle of ‘audiatur et altera pars,’ and avoid all flavors of ad hominem attacks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This also means that Dean is wrong to say his conclusion about Orac is ad hominem in the sense he laid out.’
  • 2Relating to or associated with a particular person.

    as adverb ‘the office was created ad hominem for Fenton’


Latin, literally ‘to the person’.


ad hominem

/ˌad ˈhämənəm/