sophistic
or sophistical adjective Date: 15th century 1. of or relating to sophists, sophistry, or the ancient Sophists <
sophistic rhetoric
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sophistic subtleties
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2. plausible but fallacious <
sophistic reasoning
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sophistically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sophistic — So*phis tic, Sophistical So*phis tic*al, a. [L. sophisticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. sophistique.] Of or pertaining to a sophist; embodying sophistry; fallaciously subtile; not sound. [1913 Webster] His argument . . . is altogether sophistical. Macaulay.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sophistic — I adjective captiosus, captious, casuistic, casuistical, contrary to reason, erroneous, fallacious, false, faulty in logic, groundless, ill reasoned, illogical, inconsequent, inconsistent, incorrect, invalid, irrational, misleading, paralogical,… …   Law dictionary

  • sophistic — 1540s, from L. sophisticus, from Gk. sophistikos, from sophistes (see SOPHIST (Cf. sophist)). Related: Sophistical (late 15c.); sophistically (late 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sophistic — sophist ► NOUN ▪ a person who uses clever but false arguments. DERIVATIVES sophistic adjective sophistical adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • sophistic — sophistically, adv. sophisticalness, n. /seuh fis tik/, adj. 1. of the nature of sophistry; fallacious. 2. characteristic or suggestive of sophistry. 3. given to the use of sophistry. 4. of or pertaining to sophists or sophistry. Also,… …   Universalium

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  • sophistic — Synonyms and related words: baseless, bogus, captious, casuistical, deceptive, fallacious, FALSE, groundless, hypocritical, invalid, irrational, mad, misleading, nonrational, reasonless, sham, sophistical, specious, unreasonable, unsound,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sophistic — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Containing fundamental errors in reasoning: fallacious, false, illogical, invalid, specious, spurious, unsound. See CORRECT, TRUE …   English dictionary for students

  • sophistic — so·phis·tic || sÉ™ fɪstɪk(l) adj. of or pertaining to sophists; fallacious, unsound, not based on facts; misleading, deceptive …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sophistic — (G). Artful, shrewd …   Dictionary of word roots and combining forms

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