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sophism

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒfɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of sophism in English:

noun

A clever but false argument, especially one used deliberately to deceive.
Example sentences
  • And style, said Flaubert, is a very manner of seeing things, adding that distinctions between thought and style are a sophism.
  • Thus, even since brute force has been held in check, the sophism has been not merely a species of evil, but the very essence of evil.
  • This year, in shame, the relevant secretary of the Assembly has decided to reduce the scope of the fest and has given reasons which can only be described as sophism.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French sophime, via Latin from Greek sophisma 'clever device', from sophizesthai 'become wise' (see sophist).

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