- a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning.
- a false argument; sophism.
Origin of sophistry
Examples from the Web for sophistry
One of the arguments for intervention arising from the Syria strikes relies on a bit of sophistry.What Israel's Attack Doesn't Mean For American Intervention In Syria
May 6, 2013
No amount of rouge will ever camouflage rhetoric and sophistry.Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism
September 5, 2012
Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
The reasoning may be plausible, but it is no better than sophistry.Imogen
The sophistry of human nature is far more subtle than the deceit of any one man.
There is the sophistry of law, the sophistry of medicine, the sophistry of politics, the sophistry of theology.
Also there is a touch of irony in them, which takes them out of the category of sophistry.Apology
- a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading
- the art of using such arguments
- subtle but unsound or fallacious reasoning
- an instance of this; sophism
Word Origin and History for sophistry
"specious but fallacious reasoning," mid-14c., from Old French sophistrie (Modern French sophisterie), from Medieval Latin sophistria, from Latin sophista, sophistes (see sophist). "Sophistry applies to reasoning as sophism to a single argument" [Century Dictionary].