noun, plural soph·ist·ries.
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|Ali Gharib|May 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No amount of rouge will ever camouflage rhetoric and sophistry.Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism|William Giraldi|September 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But there is a sophistry which attends all the passions, especially those into which the populace enter.
People unpleasantly refer me back, and to escape I have to invent some sophistry.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
It is his inability to discover the true mode of investigation that accounts for much of Rousseau's sophistry.The Rise of the Democracy|Joseph Clayton
In our attempt to reconcile God's conduct with morality, we resort to sophistry.Morality Without God|M. M. Mangasarian
It is always acceptable to my mind, and, stripped of all sophistry and oblique conditions, it would appear the same to every mind.The Speech of Monkeys|R. L. Garner
noun plural -ries
- a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading
- the art of using such arguments
"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].