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sophister

[sof-uh-ster]
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noun
  1. a specious, unsound, or fallacious reasoner.
  2. Chiefly British. (especially formerly) a second or third year student at a university.
  3. Obsolete. an ancient Greek sophist.
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Origin of sophister

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French sophistre < Latin sophista. See sophist
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Examples from the Web for sophister

Historical Examples

  • Soph (abbreviation of sophister), a title peculiar to the University of Cambridge.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • He ridicules his opponent's arguments as worthy of "a sophister in the parvyse schools."

  • Do not let any sophister teach thee that thy God is far aloft from thee as the stars are.

    Jacob Behmen

    Alexander Whyte


British Dictionary definitions for sophister

sophister

noun
  1. (esp formerly) a second-year undergraduate at certain British universities
  2. rare another word for sophist
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