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sophist

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noun soph·ist \ˈsä-fist\

Definition of sophist

  1. 1 :  philosopher

  2. 2 capitalized :  any of a class of ancient Greek teachers of rhetoric, philosophy, and the art of successful living prominent about the middle of the fifth century b.c. for their adroit subtle and allegedly often specious reasoning

  3. 3 :  a captious or fallacious reasoner



Origin of sophist

Latin sophista, from Greek sophistēs, literally, expert, wise man, from sophizesthai to become wise, deceive, from sophos clever, wise


First Known Use: 14th century


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