a specious, unsound, or fallacious reasoner.
Chiefly British. (especially formerly) a second or third year student at a university.
Obsolete. an ancient Greek sophist.
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How to use sophister in a sentence
Do not let any sophister teach thee that thy God is far aloft from thee as the stars are.Jacob Behmen | Alexander Whyte
I, who stood by and heard all, saw immediately that one of them was a crafty old sophister, and the other a mere novice.Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Benjamin Franklin
I, who stood by and heard all, saw immediately that one was a crafty old sophister, and the other a true novice.Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] | Benjamin Franklin
He entered Trinity College as a fellow-commoner, completed his junior sophister terms, and then migrated ad eundem to Oxford.The Commercial Restraints of Ireland | John Hely Hutchinson
He ridicules his opponent's arguments as worthy of "a sophister in the parvyse schools."
British Dictionary definitions for sophister
(esp formerly) a second-year undergraduate at certain British universities
rare another word for sophist
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