- 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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Example sentences from the Web for sophist
If his Ethicist gig ever winds up feeling too constricting, he can always launch a column called The Sophist.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?|Steve Almond|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The one acts like a sophist, the other like a true man of genius.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)|Jaime Luciano Balmes
"And you did not even see him at his best," exclaimed Favorinus, the Gaul, the sophist and rhetorician.The Emperor, Complete|Georg Ebers
We see that the man whose success is merely personal—the actor, the sophist, the millionaire, the aesthete—is incurably vulgar.Soliloquies in England|George Santayana