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sophistry

[sof-uh-stree] /ˈsɒf ə stri/
noun, plural sophistries.
1.
a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning.
2.
a false argument; sophism.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English sophistrie < Middle French, equivalent to sophistre sophister + -ie -y3
Related forms
antisophistry, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sophistries

sophistry

/ˈsɒfɪstrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
  1. a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading
  2. the art of using such arguments
2.
subtle but unsound or fallacious reasoning
3.
an instance of this; sophism
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Word Origin and History for sophistries

sophistry

n.

"specious but fallacious reasoning," mid-14c., from Old French sophistrie (Modern French sophisterie), from Medieval Latin sophistria, from Latin sophista, sophistes (see sophist). "Sophistry applies to reasoning as sophism to a single argument" [Century Dictionary].

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