[ 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 to sophists 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sophistic in a sentence

  • This reasoning may seem to many persons mere casuistry, mere sophistical juggling with words.

  • Another may not be wrong in his facts, but have a declamatory or sophistical vein in him, much to be guarded against.

    Friends in Council | Arthur Helps
  • The savory ham was very appetizing, the Deacon was very hungry, and the argument was sophistical.

  • No brilliancy in sophistical pleadings can make men long prefer what is new to that which is true.

  • But I can't do that kind of thing, and I must stick to my little sophistical fantasies, or my bald reports of nature.

    The Coast of Bohemia | William Dean Howells

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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