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  • n. Appeal to authority, argument from authority or authoritative argument. Sometimes interpreted as an inductive argument or statistical syllogism.
  • adj. Of or relating to ad verecundiam.
  • adv. In an ad verecundiam manner.


Shortened from the Latin expression argumentum ad verecundiam. From argumentum (meaning "argument") + ad (meaning "to" or "at") + verecundiam, the accusative singular of verecundia (meaning "coyness", "modesty" or "shame"). (Wiktionary)


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  • JM wonders whatever happened to ad verecundiam.

    July 8, 2010

  • Thanks sionnach—it's so pleasing to discover a phrase to describe something you're aware of, but didn't previously have a label for.

    Here's a good synopsis of it.

    July 26, 2009

  • "we still keep falling for this, asking smart people to comment about fields they are not qualified to comment wisely on, and thereby commit the ad verecundiam fallacy".

    from a comment on the New Scientist, TED 2009 blog.

    July 25, 2009

  • to modesty; appealing to traditional values, reverence for authority or sense of prestige (effective if an opponent is guilty of a perceived breach of decorum)

    January 3, 2009