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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Example sentences
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.
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