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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Lorsque la liaison entre la personne et l'acte debouche sur une opposition, l'argument ad personam constitue alors, par l'incompatibilite ainsi avancee, la disqualification de la personne.
Since 1990, 150 Jean Monnet centres of excellence, 825 Jean Monnet chairs (including ad personam chairs) and about 1,000 Jean Monnet modules have been granted, according to an official from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in charge of the programme.
As the newly elected Premier at the start of the new millennium he wasted two years of the nation's time and money to pass a series of laws ad personam to clear himself of charges of various forms of corruption, bribery, the creation and use of black funds, of indirect mafia ties and collusion with illegal Masonic lodges.
In this light Goethe's attack on Newton makes some sense, but a faint whiff of hypocrisy still adheres to it, and Stephenson's apologia for the polemic on the grounds that it was rhetorically ad hominem rather than vindictively ad personam is unconvincing.
It is available with multiple colour and trim options, including new materials and extensive use of carbon fibre and total personalisation via Lamborghini's Ad Personam personalisation program.
The Huracan can also be customized via 'Ad Personam'; Lamborghini's very own personalisation programme.
These members would be nominated ad personam according to a transparent procedure similar to that used by the ERC Scientific Council.