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[fi-los-uh-fiz-uh m] /fɪˈlɒs əˌfɪz əm/
spurious or deceitful philosophy.
a false or contrived argument, especially one designed to deceive.
Origin of philosophism
First recorded in 1785-95; philosoph(y) + -ism
Related forms
antiphilosophism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • philosophism, as Carlyle calls it, is the ruling spirit of his work.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
  • French 'philosophism' then became suddenly militant and practical.

  • philosophism sits joyful in glittering saloons, is the pride of nobles and promises a coming millennium.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • Franklin owned to the fraud in Necker's house when he came to Paris, much to the confusion of French philosophism.

  • The Feds alone still treat it as a philosophism, and would rejoice at its failure.

  • philosophism knows only this: her other belief is mainly that, in spiritual supersensual matters no Belief is possible.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • philosophism claims her new Era, meaning thereby innumerable things.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • philosophism, as we saw, has got her Turgot made Controller-General; and there shall be endless reformation.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • So thinks light Maurepas too; but the wind of philosophism and force of public opinion will blow him round.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle

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