- specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, especially in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry.
- the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
Origin of casuistry
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Examples from the Web for casuistry
His spirit is the opposite of that of Jesuitism or casuistry (Wallace).Sophist
And then she delivered herself of an amazing piece of casuistry.The Strolling Saint
"I have no leisure for casuistry, nor is it my humor, sir," replied he angrily.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
And now I have said more than I had intended on a question of casuistry.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
There might be some casuistry in that, but there was truth as well.A Little Girl in Old Salem
Amanda Minnie Douglas
- philosophy the resolution of particular moral dilemmas, esp those arising from conflicting general moral rules, by careful distinction of the cases to which these rules apply
- reasoning that is specious, misleading, or oversubtle
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