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synonyms for sophism

  • absurdity
  • deception
  • misconception
  • sophistry
  • fallacious argument
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How to use sophism in a sentence

The vagaries of sophism in the English-speaking world were hardly less prolific than in Continental Europe.
THE WAR UPON RELIGIONREV. FRANCIS A. CUNNINGHAM
The conclusion must naturally follow from the premises, otherwise the syllogism is invalid and constitutes a fallacy or sophism.
YOUR MIND AND HOW TO USE ITWILLIAM WALKER ATKINSON
But then it is a sophism to argue from thence that this immunity is the cause of my delight either on these or on any occasions.
THE WORKS OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE EDMUND BURKE, VOL. I. (OF 12)EDMUND BURKE
The sophism which I am here combating will not stand the test of progression, which is the touchstone of principles.
ESSAYS ON POLITICAL ECONOMYFREDERIC BASTIAT
In the course of the next joint debate at Jonesboro', Mr. Lincoln easily disposed of this sophism by showing: 1.
A SHORT LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLNJOHN G. NICOLAY
(depraved devotion finds here the ancient sophism:) The holy by its essence, being holiness itself, always sanctifies.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 58, NUMBER 358, AUGUST 1845VARIOUS
We marvelled that a man of his sagacity should venture on so gross a sophism.
SECRET BAND OF BROTHERSJONATHAN HARRINGTON GREEN
Self-preservation is not theft; let us ease our conscience with this sophism … Ha!
THE GREY CLOAKHAROLD MACGRATH
There is nothing—no fallacy, no moral sophism, that would not be used to attain such an end.
THE CHAINBEARERJ. FENIMORE COOPER
But no sophism is too gross to delude minds distempered by party spirit.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE ACCESSION OF JAMES II.THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
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WORDS RELATED TO SOPHISM

  • chicanery
  • deception
  • deceptiveness
  • delusion
  • equivocation
  • evasion
  • fallacy
  • lie
  • oversubtleness
  • sophism
  • sophistry
  • speciousness
  • spuriousness
  • trick
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.