[ sof-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈsɒf ɪz əm /


a specious argument for displaying ingenuity in reasoning or for deceiving someone.
any false argument; fallacy.

Origin of sophism

1300–50; < Latin sophisma sophistry < Greek sóphisma orig., acquired skill, method, derivative of sophízesthai to act the sophist, become wise; replacing earlier sophim, Middle English < Middle French sophime < Latin

Related forms

an·ti·soph·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sophism


/ (ˈsɒfɪzəm) /


an instance of sophistryCompare paralogism

Word Origin for sophism

C14: from Latin sophisma, from Greek: ingenious trick, from sophizesthai to use clever deceit, from sophos wise, clever
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