Showing an innocent victim's face instead of providing factual evidence is an example of an ad hominem approach.
- appealing to prejudice and emotion rather than to reason
- attacking the character, motives, etc. of an opponent rather than debating the issue on logical grounds
Origin of ad hominemL, literally , to the person
- Attacking a person's character or motivations rather than a position or argument: Debaters should avoid ad hominem arguments that question their opponents' motives.
- Appealing to the emotions rather than to logic or reason.
Origin of ad hominemLatin : ad, to + hominem, accusative of hom&omacron;, man.
- ad hom′i·nem′
(plural ad hominems)
- 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.
- A personal attack.
- Of or relating to ad hominem.
- Well that's an ad hominem argument.
- In an ad hominem manner.
- He tried to make his case by arguing ad hominem.
ad hominem - Legal Definition