sophistries

sophistry

[sof-uh-stree]
noun, plural sophistries.
1.
a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning.
2.
a false argument; sophism.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English sophistrie < Middle French, equivalent to sophistre sophister + -ie -y3

antisophistry, noun
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sophistry (ˈsɒfɪstrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a.  a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading
 b.  the art of using such arguments
2.  subtle but unsound or fallacious reasoning
3.  an instance of this; sophism

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sophistry
mid-14c., from O.Fr. sophistrie, from M.L. sophistria, from L. sophista, sophistes (see sophist).
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