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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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Examples from the web for sophistry
  • Your comment is informative only in that it provides a textbook example of sophistry.
  • From demagoguery to sophistry, the deniers practice the whole range of methods for manufacturing doubt.
  • And the notion that all the new machinery can or will be dismantled is the silliest kind of sophistry.
  • If sophistry is all you bring to the table, then your arguments fall flat on their proverbial nose.
  • The real offense is the church's theological sophistry.
  • Until then, the artful general has nothing to offer his domestic critics except sophistry.
  • Until that day, the general defends himself with sophistry.
  • Still, that is empty sophistry if the taking of that trophy is unethical-in which case it is not a trophy at all.
  • Such sophistry does not warrant dismissal of the cause of action.
British Dictionary definitions for sophistry

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 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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