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sophistic

or so·phis·ti·cal

[suh-fis-tik or suh-fis-ti-kuh l]
adjective
  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 sophistically

Historical Examples

  • It is justice to the seller, but, argue as sophistically as you like, it is not justice to the purchaser.

    The Hills and the Vale

    Richard Jefferies

  • All nature beckons you forth and murmurs to you sophistically that such hours should be devoted to collecting impressions.

    Italian Hours

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for sophistically

sophistic

sophistical

adjective
  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 sophistically

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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