In Spain, the great Jesuit casuist Escobar led the way, and rarely had been seen such exquisite hair-splitting.
"Pooh, she didn't—she only nodded—nodding isn't a lie," a casuist scoffed.
How would the casuist decide for so sweet, so big, so heroic a deception—or the attempt?
Except when it's a case of selling patent medicines, I'm not a casuist.
As an introduction, I will state my story—the case for the casuist; and then say one word on the reason of the case.
He was not a casuist, and, having no time for reflection, saw only one course open to him.
The shiftiest excuse would have brought solace to a breaking heart and conviction to a casuist brain.
Many others are put so as to suggest what the casuist never said, that is a special case is made a general rule of morals.
He modestly referred his friend to Dr. Barlow, as a far more able casuist, though not a more cordial friend.
I am no casuist, Milly, but I think that the impression a man makes by his character for resolution is always of consequence.
c.1600, "one who studies and resolves cases of conscience," from French casuiste (17c.) or Spanish casuista (the French word also might be from Spanish), Italian casista, all from Latin casus (see case (n.1)) in its Medieval Latin sense "case of conscience." Often since 17c. in a sinister or contemptuous sense. Related: Casuistic; casuistical; casuistically; casuistry.
Casuistry ... destroys, by distinctions and exceptions, all morality, and effaces the essential difference between right and wrong. [Bolingbroke, 1736]