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or sophistical

[suh-fis-tik or suh-fis-ti-kuh l] /səˈfɪs tɪk or səˈfɪs tɪ kəl/
of the nature of sophistry; fallacious.
characteristic or suggestive of sophistry.
given to the use of sophistry.
of or relating to sophists or sophistry.
Origin of sophistic
1540-50; < Latin sophisticus < Greek sophistikós, equivalent to sophist(ḗs) (see sophist) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
sophistically, adverb
sophisticalness, noun
antisophistic, adjective
nonsophistic, adjective
nonsophistical, adjective
nonsophistically, adverb
nonsophisticalness, noun
unsophistic, adjective
unsophistical, adjective
unsophistically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sophistic
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  • Mr. Jowett censures this speech as sophistic and confused in view.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics John Addington Symonds
  • What they had, perhaps, acquired from the sophistic movement was a touch of effrontery.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • Your disciple, who is plying me with all sorts of sophistic arguments, I blame him not; he is under illusion (my).

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
  • Does not the opposition of these sophistic arguments remind you of brambles, that the wind has entangled one with another?

  • Thus the sophistic position that man is for man the measure of all things is irrefutable.

  • It exhibits, after all allowance for peculiar Greek sentiments, the rhetorical development of a sophistic thesis.

  • The truth is, that there is no clear distinction between the matter of Dialectic and the matter of sophistic.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Mr. Poste observes in his note: The sophistic locus of tautology may be considered as a caricature of a dialectic locus.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Her honesty was like pure gold, unalloyed, unmixed with sophistic subterfuges.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath
  • The sophistic philosophy should be characterized as the clearing up reflection.

British Dictionary definitions for sophistic


of or relating to sophists or sophistry
consisting of sophisms or sophistry; specious
Derived Forms
sophistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sophistic

1540s, from Latin sophisticus, from Greek sophistikos "like a sophist, sophistical," from sophistes (see sophist). Related: Sophistical (late 15c.); sophistically (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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