[ suh-fis-tik ]
See synonyms for sophistic on
  1. of the nature of sophistry; fallacious.

  2. characteristic or suggestive of sophistry.

  1. given to the use of sophistry.

  2. of or relating tosophists or sophistry.

Origin of sophistic

1540–50; <Latin sophisticus<Greek sophistikós, equivalent to sophist(ḗs) (see sophist) + -ikos-ic
  • Also so·phis·ti·cal [suh-fis-ti-kuhl] /səˈfɪs tɪ kəl/ .

Other words from sophistic

  • so·phis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • so·phis·ti·cal·ness, noun
  • an·ti·so·phis·tic, adjective
  • non·so·phis·tic, adjective
  • non·so·phis·ti·cal, adjective
  • non·so·phis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·so·phis·ti·cal·ness, noun
  • un·so·phis·tic, adjective
  • un·so·phis·ti·cal, adjective
  • un·so·phis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby sophistic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sophistic in a sentence

  • The reaction of the Socratic school against the sophistic may serve to illustrate the third stage of thinking.

  • Lack of merit may be so complete, so grotesque, that the composition affords to the sophistic eye a high order of comedy.

    Shandygaff | Christopher Morley
  • But what will become of our young gentleman, if he be attacked with the sophistic subtlety of some syllogism?

    The Essays of Montaigne, Complete | Michel de Montaigne
  • Hitherto such writers have confined their view mostly to speculative points, sophistic reasonings, and sarcastic interpellations.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems | Walter Savage Landor
  • This consequence of the sophistic principles was drawn both by many of the Sophists themselves, and later by the Cyrenaics.

British Dictionary definitions for sophistic



/ (səˈfɪstɪk) /

  1. of or relating to sophists or sophistry

  2. consisting of sophisms or sophistry; specious

Derived forms of sophistic

  • sophistically, adverb

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