[puh-ral-uh-jiz-uh m]
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Origin of paralogism

1555–65; < Late Latin paralogismus < Greek paralogismós. See para-1, logo-, -ism
Related formspa·ral·o·gist, nounpa·ral·o·gis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for paralogism

trickery, casuistry, ambiguity, inconsistency, fallacy, paralogism

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British Dictionary definitions for paralogism


  1. logic psychol an argument that is unintentionally invalidCompare sophism
  2. any invalid argument or conclusion
Derived Formsparalogist, nounparalogistic, adjective

Word Origin for paralogism

C16: via Late Latin from Greek paralogismos, from paralogizesthai to argue fallaciously, from para- 1 + -logizesthai, ultimately from logos word
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