sophistry
[ sof-uh-stree ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
mid-14th century; French from Old French sophistrie, from Medieval Latin sophistria, from Latin sophista, surprisingly deriving from a word rooted in "wisdom, clever, learned"
Synonyms
    1.
  • misconception
    2.
  • deception fallacy
Antonyms
    1.
  • truth
    2.
  • honesty
Definition
1. a false argument; sophism
2. a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning
Examples
1. A) To disguise sophistry, firebrands often couch the fallacies in emotional language. B) I shouldn't have to apologize because he's obsessed with a sophistry against me.
2. A) It's a pretty argument, but that kind of sophistry won't fly in a court of law. B) All her stories are sophistry and fall apart if you ask even the most basic of follow-up questions.
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