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[kazh-oo-uh-stree] /ˈkæʒ u ə stri/
noun, plural casuistries.
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
First recorded in 1715-25; casuist + -ry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His spirit is the opposite of that of Jesuitism or casuistry (Wallace).

    Sophist Plato
  • And then she delivered herself of an amazing piece of casuistry.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • "I have no leisure for casuistry, nor is it my humor, sir," replied he angrily.

  • 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
  • On this excuse I settled my point of casuistry in an instant.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope
  • casuistry is nothing but the injection of your own meaning into an old name.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • The system of casuistry was one not solely of Jesuitical invention.

    Pascal John Tulloch
British Dictionary definitions for casuistry


noun (pl) -ries
(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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