To sift thoroughly this sophism, it is sufficient to remember that human labor is not an end but a means.
Seeing me foiled, Charley advanced with the doubtful aid of a sophism to help me.
To get at the root of this sophism, it is necessary only to reflect that human labour is not the end, but the means.
Buridan was exempted, and, in gratitude, invented the sophism.
But with a word he obliterated the sophism—and with a glance repressed the badinage.
In the first place, the word universal conceals a gross sophism.
The professor of political economy not only teaches his sophism—he would have us back his tortoise.
Let them cease, then, for shame's sake, to urge this sophism.
It is indeed a sad state of things to make such a sophism necessary.
But it is evident that a gross sophism lurks under this phraseology.
early 15c., earlier sophime (mid-14c.), "specious but fallacious argument devised for purposes of deceit or to exercise one's ingenuity," from Old French sophime "a fallacy, false argument" (Modern French sophisme), from Latin sophisma, from Greek sophisma "clever device, skillful act, stage-trick," from stem of sophizesthai "become wise" (see sophist).