Definition of Sophism

1. Noun. A deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone.

Exact synonyms: Sophistication, Sophistry
Generic synonyms: Fallacy, False Belief
Derivative terms: Sophist, Sophistic, Sophisticate



Definition of Sophism

1. n. The doctrine or mode of reasoning practiced by a sophist; hence, any fallacy designed to deceive.

Definition of Sophism

1. Noun. A flawed argument superficially correct in its reasoning, usually designed to deceive. An intentional fallacy. ¹

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Definition of Sophism

1. a plausible but fallacious argument [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sophism

1. The doctrine or mode of reasoning practiced by a sophist; hence, any fallacy designed to deceive. "When a false argument puts on the appearance of a true one, then it is properly called a sophism, or "fallacy"." (I. Watts) "Let us first rid ourselves of sophisms, those of depraved men, and those of heartless philosophers." (I. Taylor) Origin: F. Sophisme, L. Sophisma, fr. Gr, fr. To make wise, to be become wise, to play the sophist, fr. Wise. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sophism

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Literary usage of Sophism

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1. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"This sophism has been considered insoluble even by Dr. Thomas Brown, ... The sophism of The Liar reappears in another form in the argument of the lying ..."

2. Mental Philosophy: Embracing the Three Departments of the Intellect by Thomas Cogswell Upham (1869)
"On the sophism of estimating actions and character from the circumstance of success ... To these might be added the fallacy or sophism to which men are ..."

3. A Pluralistic Universe: Hibbert Lectures to Manchester College on the by William James (1909)
"You all remember Zeno's famous paradox, or sophism, as many of our logic books ... The common way of showing up the sophism here is by pointing out the ..."

4. A Pluralistic Universe: Hibbert Lectures to Manchester College on the by William James (1909)
"You all remember Zeno's famous paradox, or sophism, as many of our logic books ... The common way of showing up the sophism here is by pointing out the ..."

5. A Pluralistic Universe by William James (1909)
"The common way of showing up the sophism here is by pointing out the ambiguity of the expression 'never can overtake.' What the word ' never' falsely ..."

6. A Pluralistic Universe: Hibbert Lectures to Manchester College on the by William James (1909)
"You all remember Zeno's famous paradox, or sophism, as many of our logic books ... The common way of showing up the sophism here is by pointing out the ..."

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