Appeal to pity
An appeal to pity a.k.a. Ad Misericordiam is a fallacy where one supports their claim with the intent of causing the emotion of pity in the place of real evidence. It is a form of appeal to emotion.
- A theist mother claiming on her potential deathbed due to some medical problems, “Christ is the only way to true salvation, I want you to know that because I am not always going to be able to be here to tell you so. Why would I lie to you now as I lie here dying?”
- An office supervisor goes to fire an incompetent employee, who replies “You can't fire me! My wife left me last week, my dog just died and I have medical bills to pay!”