sophism

[ sof-iz-uh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF sophism
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Seeing me foiled, Charley advanced with the doubtful aid of a sophism to help me.

Marriage at eleven could by no stretch of sophism be called a voluntary act.

It is the genius of Sophism which paralyzes this resistance.

Buridan was exempted, and, in gratitude, invented the sophism.

Let us conclude this monography of sophism with a final and important observation.

To expose fully all that is false in this sophism would be an endless work.

In the first place, the word universal conceals a gross sophism.

But the argument is a sophism, in a yet more audacious and insulting sense.

Let them cease, then, for shame's sake, to urge this sophism.

Your idea about Wilhelm Meister is rather pretty, but, after all, it is only a sophism.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., earlier sophime (mid-14c.), "specious but fallacious argument devised for purposes of deceit or to exercise one's ingenuity," from Old French sophime "a fallacy, false argument" (Modern French sophisme), from Latin sophisma, from Greek sophisma "clever device, skillful act, stage-trick," from stem of sophizesthai "become wise" (see sophist).

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