Cuyamaca College Fallacies Definition Paper

Part Three / Fallacies


  1. In your own words give a short definition of the following fallacies.

Ad hominem (against the person)-

Ad miscordiam (appeal to pity)

Ad populum (appeal to emotions, general belief)

Begging the question/circular argument

Complex question/loaded question


False dilemma (also false disjunction)

Loaded language (also loaded words)

Post hoc, ergo proctor hoc (after this, therefore because of this)

Slippery slope

Straw Man

Ad Verecundiam (appeal to inappropriate authority)

Scare tactic

Argument from outrage

Hasty generalization

Group think

Red herring

Wishful thinking

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