sophism

sophism

[sof-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
a specious argument for displaying ingenuity in reasoning or for deceiving someone.
2.
any false argument; fallacy.

Origin:
1300–50; < Latin sophisma sophistry < Greek sóphisma orig., acquired skill, method, derivative of sophízesthai to act the sophist, become wise; replacing earlier sophim, Middle English < Middle French sophime < Latin

antisophism, noun
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sophism (ˈsɒfɪzəm)
 
n
Compare paralogism an instance of sophistry
 
[C14: from Latin sophisma, from Greek: ingenious trick, from sophizesthai to use clever deceit, from sophos wise, clever]

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sophism
c.1350, "specious but fallacious argument," from O.Fr. sophime "a fallacy, false argument," from L. sophisma, from Gk. sophisma "sophism, clever device," from sophizesthai "become wise" (see sophist).
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