Argumentum ad Misericordiam (Latin)

Refers to a fallacy of logic in argument, specifically one of the Fallacies of Relevance. The debater using ad misericordiam uses an appeal to pity.

Example: "The poor homeless guy had such a hard life that he was forced to rob the store at gunpoint!"

Compare argumentum ad hominem, argumentum ad ignorantiam, argumentum ad baculum, argumentum ad populum, argumentum ad verecundiam.

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