sophistry

  • 1 Sophistry — Soph ist*ry, n. [OE. sophistrie, OF. sophisterie.] 1. The art or process of reasoning; logic. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. The practice of a sophist; fallacious reasoning; reasoning sound in appearance only. [1913 Webster] The juggle of sophistry… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 sophistry — I noun casuistry, cavil, chicanery, deception, distortion, equivocation, evasion, evasive reasoning, fallacious reasoning, false logic, misrepresentation, specious reasoning II index casuistry, fallacy, non sequitur, subterfuge …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 sophistry — mid 14c., from O.Fr. sophistrie, from M.L. sophistria, from L. sophista, sophistes (see SOPHIST (Cf. sophist)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 sophistry — *fallacy, sophism, casuistry Analogous words: plausibility, speciousness (see corresponding adjectives at PLAUSIBLE): equivocation, *ambiguity, tergiversation: evading or evasion, avoiding or avoidance (see corresponding verbs at ESCAPE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 sophistry — ► NOUN (pl. sophistries) 1) the use of false arguments, especially to deceive. 2) a false argument …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 sophistry — [säf′is trē] n. pl. sophistries [ME sophistrie < ML sophistria] 1. unsound or misleading but clever, plausible, and subtle argument or reasoning; sophism 2. the methods or practices of the Sophists …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 sophistry — n. 1) pure sophistry 2) sophistry to + inf. (it s pure sophistry to rationalize such behavior) * * * [ sɒfɪstrɪ] pure sophistry sophistry to + inf. (it s pure sophistry to rationalize such behavior) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 8 sophistry — soph|ist|ry [ˈsɔfıstri US ˈsa: ] n plural sophistries [U and C] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Medieval Latin; Origin: sophistria, from Latin sophista one who uses sophistry , from Greek sophistes wise man, teacher of knowledge, user of sophistry ,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 sophistry — [[t]sɒ̱fɪstri[/t]] N UNCOUNT Sophistry is the practice of using clever arguments that sound convincing but are in fact false. [FORMAL] Political selection is more dependent on sophistry and less on economic literacy …

    English dictionary

  • 10 sophistry — UK [ˈsɒfɪstrɪ] / US [ˈsɑfɪstrɪ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms sophistry : singular sophistry plural sophistries formal arguments or explanations that seem clever and correct but are really false and used for tricking people …

    English dictionary

  • 11 sophistry — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. sophism; false or specious reasoning; casuistry; fallaciousness, paralogism; shift, subterfuge, equivocation; absurdity, inconsistency; hair splitting. See falsehood. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. sophism,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 sophistry — noun 1) to claim this is pure sophistry Syn: specious reasoning, fallacy, sophism, casuistry 2) a speech full of sophistries Syn: fallacious argument, sophism, fallacy; Logic paralogism …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 sophistry — noun Date: 14th century 1. subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation 2. sophism 1 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 sophistry — /sof euh stree/, n., pl. sophistries. 1. a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning. 2. a false argument; sophism. [1300 50; ME sophistrie < MF, equiv. to sophistre SOPHISTER + ie Y3] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 15 sophistry — noun /ˈsɒf.ɪ.stri,ˈsɑː.fɪ.stri/ a) An argument that seems plausible, but is fallacious or misleading, especially one devised deliberately to be so. b) The art of using deceptive speech or writing. See Also: Sophia …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 sophistry — Synonyms and related words: Italian hand, acuteness, aesthetics, ambiguity, argument, argument by analogy, argumentum ad baculum, argumentum ad captandum, argumentum ad hominem, art, artfulness, artifice, astuteness, axiology, bad case, begging… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 sophistry — soph|is|try [ safıstri ] noun count or uncount FORMAL arguments or explanations that seem clever and correct but are really false and used for tricking people …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 sophistry — soph·ist·ry || sÉ‘fɪstrɪ / sÉ’f n. fallacy, error in reasoning, misconception; deceptive argument …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 sophistry — [ sɒfɪstri] noun (plural sophistries) the use of fallacious arguments, especially to deceive someone. ↘a fallacious argument …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 sophistry — n. Paralogy, paralogism, fallacy, shift, cavil, chicane, trick, quibble, fetch, stratagem, false logic, fallacious reasoning, inconclusive reasoning, reasoning in a circle …

    New dictionary of synonyms


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