- a specious argument for displaying ingenuity in reasoning or for deceiving someone.
- any false argument; fallacy.
Origin of sophism
Examples from the Web for sophism
Seeing me foiled, Charley advanced with the doubtful aid of a sophism to help me.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Marriage at eleven could by no stretch of sophism be called a voluntary act.Dreamers of the Ghetto
It is the genius of Sophism which paralyzes this resistance.Sophisms of the Protectionists
Buridan was exempted, and, in gratitude, invented the sophism.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)
Augustus De Morgan
Let us conclude this monography of sophism with a final and important observation.Economic Sophisms
- an instance of sophistryCompare paralogism
Word Origin and History for sophism
early 15c., earlier sophime (mid-14c.), "specious but fallacious argument devised for purposes of deceit or to exercise one's ingenuity," from Old French sophime "a fallacy, false argument" (Modern French sophisme), from Latin sophisma, from Greek sophisma "clever device, skillful act, stage-trick," from stem of sophizesthai "become wise" (see sophist).