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Friday, March 07, 2014

Definitions for fallacy

  1. a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.: That the world is flat was at one time a popular fallacy.
  2. a misleading or unsound argument.
  3. deceptive, misleading, or false nature; erroneousness.

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Citations for fallacy
"Mind you, I see the fallacy," he said. He liked the word. It was an honest admission of error. George Friel, The Boy Who Wanted Peace, 1964
Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, the fallacy of what was fallacious. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
Origin of fallacy
Fallacy came to English in the 1300s from the Latin fallācia meaning "a trick."