logical fallacies fallacy

Ad Hominem

You attacked your opponent's character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine their argument.

Ad hominem attacks can take the form of overtly attacking somebody, or more subtly casting doubt on their character or personal attributes as a way to discredit their argument. The result of an ad hom attack can be to undermine someone’s case without actually having to engage with it.

Example: After Sam presents an eloquent and compelling case for a more equitable taxation system, Karen asks the audience whether we should believe anything from a woman who isn’t married, was once arrested, and smells a bit weird.