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Donald Trump: "I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!"
Ad Hominem
AKA Ad Hominem Abusive, Personal Attack

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

Translated from Latin to English, "ad Hominem" means "against the man" or "against the person."

An ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B makes an attack on person A.
  3. Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).

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 390 Total Answer Attempts   42%
 165 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 225 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
165 - Ad Hominem
31 - Appeal to Ridicule
21 - Personal Attack
20 - Biased Generalization
12 - Red Herring
11 - Hasty Generalization
10 - Poisoning the Well
10 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
9 - Misleading Vividness
9 - Confusing Cause and Effect
8 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
8 - Post Hoc
7 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
6 - Slippery Slope
6 - Ignoring a Common Cause
6 - Genetic Fallacy
6 - Appeal to Spite
6 - Guilt by Association
6 - False Dilemma
4 - Burden of Proof
4 - Appeal to Belief
3 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Peer Pressure
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Fallacy of Division
2 - Appeal to Emotion
2 - Appeal to Common Practice
2 - Middle Ground
2 - Relativist Fallacy
2 - Fallacy of Composition
1 - Appeal to Tradition
1 - Appeal to Popularity
1 - Appeal to Fear
1 - Begging the Question

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