sophism

[ sof-iz-uhm ]
/ ˈsɒf ɪz əm /

noun

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

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Origin of sophism

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

OTHER WORDS FROM sophism

an·ti·soph·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sophism

sophism
/ (ˈsɒfɪzəm) /

noun

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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