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Encyclopedia > Appeal to spite

Appeal to spite (also called argumentum ad odium) is a logical fallacy in which someone attempts to win favor for an argument by exploiting existing feelings of bitterness or spite in the opposing party: A logical fallacy is an error in logical argument which is independent of the truth of the premises. ...

  • "By voting for my proposal instead of Jim's, you'll finally have a chance to get back at him for running over your dog!"
  • "Bill Gates dumped you back in high school. Therefore you should never buy any Microsoft products."

Spite can often be taken to illogical extremes, and result in very poor decisions. The classic phrase "cutting off the nose to spite the face" is an example of flawed, spiteful logic. Cutting off the nose to spite the face is an expression used to describe a needlessly spiteful or self-destructive overreaction to a problem. ...


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Appeal to spite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (139 words)
Appeal to spite (also called argumentum ad odium) is a logical fallacy in which someone attempts to win favor for an argument by exploiting existing feelings of bitterness or spite in the opposing party:
Spite can often be taken to illogical extremes, and result in very poor decisions.
The classic phrase "cutting off the nose to spite the face" is an example of flawed, spiteful logic.
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