casuist

casuist

[kazh-oo-ist]
noun
1.
an oversubtle or disingenuous reasoner, especially in questions of morality.
2.
a person who studies and resolves moral problems of judgment or conduct arising in specific situations.

Origin:
1600–10; < Spanish casuista < Latin cāsu(s) case1 + -ista -ist

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casuist (ˈkæzjʊɪst)
 
n
1.  a person, esp a theologian, who attempts to resolve moral dilemmas by the application of general rules and the careful distinction of special cases
2.  a person who is oversubtle in his or her analysis of fine distinctions; sophist
 
[C17: from French casuiste, from Spanish casuista, from Latin cāsuscase1]
 
casu'istic
 
adj
 
casu'istical
 
adj
 
casu'istically
 
adv

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casuist
1609, "one who studies and resolves cases of conscience," from Fr. casuiste, from L. casus (see case (1)). Often in a sinister or contemptuous sense. Casuistry is first attested 1725.
"Casuistry ... destroys, by distinctions and exceptions, all morality, and effaces the essential difference between right and wrong." [Bolingbroke, 1736]
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