casuist

[ kazh-oo-ist ]
/ ˈkæʒ u ɪst /

noun

an oversubtle or disingenuous reasoner, especially in questions of morality.
a person who studies and resolves moral problems of judgment or conduct arising in specific situations.

Origin of casuist

1600–10; < Spanish casuista < Latin cāsu(s) case1 + -ista -ist
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casuist

/ (ˈkæzjʊɪst) /

noun

a person, esp a theologian, who attempts to resolve moral dilemmas by the application of general rules and the careful distinction of special cases
a person who is oversubtle in his or her analysis of fine distinctions; sophist

Derived Forms

casuistic or casuistical, adjectivecasuistically, adverb

Word Origin for casuist

C17: from French casuiste, from Spanish casuista, from Latin cāsus case 1
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