Ad Hominem

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Ad Hominem

[Latin, To the person.] A term used in debate to denote an argument made personally against an opponent, instead of against the opponent's argument.

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But the ad hominen attacks have deeply wounded him, his wife, two daughters and four grandsons who must relate to their Jewish friends and colleagues under a cloud of McCarthyite slander.
He then concludes the review (which is actually not of anything by Pelliot but is on Rene Grousset's Histoire de l 'Extreme-Orient) with the following sarcastic ad hominen allusion to Pelliot's reputed skill as a boxer: "Eine solche Sinologie ohne Chinesische wurde von Prof, de Groot treffend Asinologie gennant.
In addition to these ad hominen attacks on the Supreme Court and judicial nominees -- and there are many, many more -- you are collaborating with organizations that brag to the media about establishing "war rooms" to destroy the reputations of nominees to the federal bench, especially the Supreme Court.