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or so·phis·ti·cal

[suh-fis-tik or suh-fis-ti-kuh l]
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  1. of the nature of sophistry; fallacious.
  2. characteristic or suggestive of sophistry.
  3. given to the use of sophistry.
  4. of or relating to sophists or sophistry.
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Origin of sophistic

1540–50; < Latin sophisticus < Greek sophistikós, equivalent to sophist(ḗs) (see sophist) + -ikos -ic
Related formsso·phis·ti·cal·ly, adverbso·phis·ti·cal·ness, nounan·ti·so·phis·tic, adjectivenon·so·phis·tic, adjectivenon·so·phis·ti·cal, adjectivenon·so·phis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·so·phis·ti·cal·ness, nounun·so·phis·tic, adjectiveun·so·phis·ti·cal, adjectiveun·so·phis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for sophistic

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Jowett censures this speech as sophistic and confused in view.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics

    John Addington Symonds

  • What they had, perhaps, acquired from the sophistic movement was a touch of effrontery.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray

  • Your disciple, who is plying me with all sorts of sophistic arguments, I blame him not; he is under illusion (my).

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja

  • Does not the opposition of these sophistic arguments remind you of brambles, that the wind has entangled one with another?

  • Thus the sophistic position that man is for man the measure of all things is irrefutable.

British Dictionary definitions for sophistic



  1. of or relating to sophists or sophistry
  2. consisting of sophisms or sophistry; specious
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Derived Formssophistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sophistic


1540s, from Latin sophisticus, from Greek sophistikos "like a sophist, sophistical," from sophistes (see sophist). Related: Sophistical (late 15c.); sophistically (late 14c.).

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