Definition of sophistry in English:

sophistry

Line breaks: soph|is¦try
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒfɪstri
 
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noun (plural sophistries)

[mass noun]
1The use of clever but false arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving: trying to argue that I had benefited in any way from the disaster was pure sophistry
More example sentences
  • But Keynes smoothed over the harsh Marxist anti-individualism with artful sophistry and clever rhetoric into something salable to Americans.
  • The Guardian's argumentation is pure sophistry.
  • It must be confessed that there is an air of sophistry about this argument - and I certainly have doubts about its cogency.
1.1 [count noun] A fallacious argument.
More example sentences
  • There are then, several sophistries involved in abdicating our positions to cultural corruption.
  • I think you've been doing it so long you don't even recognize anymore that they're nothing but sophistries.
  • When you bombard them with sophistries, wrong messages and show them only dead-ends, that is where you finally reach.
Synonyms
specious reasoning, the use of fallacious arguments, sophism, casuistry, quibbling, equivocation, fallaciousnessfallacious argument, sophism, fallacy, quibble; Logicparalogism

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