argumentum ad hominem
/ Latin (ˌɑːɡjʊˈmɛntʊm æd ˈhɒmɪˌnɛm) /
fallacious argument that attacks not an opponent's beliefs but his motives or character
argument that shows an opponent's statement to be inconsistent with his other beliefs
an instance of either of these
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Word Origin for argumentum ad hominem
literally: argument to the person
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