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  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 of sophister

  • 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


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