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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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Historical Examples

  • What you say about the quarrel in the United States is sophistical.

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  • Whether the reasoning of the Coromantee was correct or only sophistical, the facts were the same.

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    Mayne Reid

  • It is not necessary to repeat Reginald's explanation, as it was shallow and sophistical.

  • For sophistical reasoning it is a curiosity in legal decisions.

  • She followed him through all his sophistical reasonings with a keener reason.

    Lady Byron Vindicated

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

British Dictionary definitions for sophistical



  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 sophistical



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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