sophistic

or so·phis·ti·cal

[suh-fis-tik or suh-fis-ti-kuh l]

adjective

of the nature of sophistry; fallacious.
characteristic or suggestive of sophistry.
given to the use of sophistry.
of or relating to sophists or sophistry.

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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sophistic

sophistical

adjective

of or relating to sophists or sophistry
consisting of sophisms or sophistry; specious
Derived Formssophistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for sophistical

sophistic

adj.

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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