Appeal to hate

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Not to be confused with ad iram, which accuses someone of being angry and thus untrustworthy.

An appeal to hate is a logical fallacy that occurs when something is claimed to be true because (a) it is maddening or (b) its falsity would cause anger. Its inverse is the appeal to pity.

All poisoning the well is an appeal to hate.

It is an emotional appeal and an informal fallacy.

Alternate names[edit]

  • argumentum ad odium
  • appeal to spite


If overlaying some text on a dead body:

P1: X is asserted in the context of maddening situation Y.
P2: (unstated) Anything asserted in a maddening context is true.
C1: X is true.

If the listener hates the speaker:

P1: X is asserted by a maddening person Y.
P2: (unstated) Anything asserted by a maddening person is false.
C1: X is false.


Just because something makes you mad does not mean that it is more or less true.


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