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sophistic

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adjective so·phis·tic \sä-ˈfis-tik, sə-\

Definition of sophistic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to sophists, sophistry, or the ancient Sophists <sophistic rhetoric> <sophistic subtleties>

  2. 2 :  plausible but fallacious <sophistic reasoning>

so·phis·ti·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


15th Century

First Known Use of sophistic

15th century

Variants of sophistic

or so·phis·ti·cal play \-ti-kəl\

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