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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. 2017.
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  • This kind of casuistry is very common and very demoralizing; but it shows how rigid the law is.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • The system of casuistry was one not solely of Jesuitical invention.

    Pascal John Tulloch
  • It is all cant, my friends—nothing but cant; and at its base lies the old dispute between principle and casuistry.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • And then she delivered herself of an amazing piece of casuistry.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The author deals at great length with the background to this idea, playing on popular fears to reinforce his casuistry.

    The Fight For The Republic in China Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
  • "I have no leisure for casuistry, nor is it my humor, sir," replied he angrily.

  • It is not by any casuistry about the injustice I should have done, had I bestowed a moiety where I had promised a whole heart.

  • There might be some casuistry in that, but there was truth as well.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
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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