[fi-los-uh-fiz-uh m]


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 formsan·ti·phi·los·o·phism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for philosophism

Historical Examples of philosophism

  • 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.