- any of a class of professional teachers in ancient Greece who gave instruction in various fields, as in general culture, rhetoric, politics, or disputation.
- a person belonging to this class at a later period who, while professing to teach skill in reasoning, concerned himself with ingenuity and specious effectiveness rather than soundness of argument.
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OTHER WORDS FROM sophistan·ti·soph·ist, noun, adjective
Examples from the Web for sophists
Protagoras had denied the objectivity of truth, and the later Sophists had applied the same theory to morals.
The day is surely over when sophists like Treitschke and callous soldiers like Bernhardi could sing the praises of war.The War and the Churches|Joseph McCabe
Of late years the Sophists have found an enthusiastic defender in the distinguished historian of Greece.Sophist|Plato
The teaching of the Sophists was merely a translation into theoretical propositions of these practical tendencies of the period.
One day he entered the room where these sophists were assembled, and begged them to cease studying the Bible.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Volume V|J. H. Merle d'Aubigné
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Cultural definitions for sophists
Ancient Greek teachers who were accused by some of their contemporaries (including Plato) of being more interested in winning arguments through crafty rhetoric than in pursuing truth.