- an instance of sophistry
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
soph•ism /ˈsɑfɪzəm/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Philosophya false argument, esp. one designed only to show one's cleverness in reasoning or in deceiving someone.
soph•ism (sof′iz əm),USA pronunciation n.
- Philosophya specious argument for displaying ingenuity in reasoning or for deceiving someone.
- Philosophyany false argument;
- Middle French sophime
- Greek sóphisma origin, originally, acquired skill, method, derivative of sophízesthai to act the sophist, become wise; replacing earlier sophim, Middle English
- Latin sophisma sophistry
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sophism /ˈsɒfɪzəm/ n
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