Logical Fallacies
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Appeal to Ridicule

Appeal to Ridicule is an informal fallacy which claims an argument to be ridiculous or absurd. The fallacy uses this claim in an attempt to invalidate the argument since it is not worth entertaining.

Appeal to ridicule can be used in conjunction with other fallacies such as appeal to emotion. Sarcasm can also be used as a means of appeal to ridicule.

Example of Appeal to Ridicule

  • Everyone should wear seatbelts. We should also wear bibs and sleep in a bassinet.
  • Why should I support the 2nd Amendment, do I look like toothless hick?

Alternative Name: Appeal to Mockery, Ab Absurdo