- any of a class of professional teachers in ancient Greece who gave instruction in various fields, as in general culture, rhetoric, politics, or disputation.
- a person belonging to this class at a later period who, while professing to teach skill in reasoning, concerned himself with ingenuity and specious effectiveness rather than soundness of argument.
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Origin of sophist
OTHER WORDS FROM sophistan·ti·soph·ist, noun, adjective
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He traces the Sophist by descending subdivision from the acquisitive genus of art.
The Sophist is a hunter of walking animals: which may be divided into two classes, wild and tame.
Again, we may find the Sophist by descending through a different string of subordinate classes from the genus — Acquisitive Art.
The application of this Elenchus is the work of the Sophist, looked at on its best side.
The Sophist is traced down, from the genus of separating or discriminating art.