ca·​su·​ist·​ry ˈkazh-wə-strē How to pronounce casuistry (audio)
plural casuistries
: a resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty, or conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine
: specious argument : rationalization

Examples of casuistry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But even those long familiar with spectacles of careerist expediency dressed up in faux-altruistic casuistry can only step back in awe when evidence of a new standard of cynical self-aggrandizement comes along. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2021 With his casuistry, Whitman seems intent on convincing himself, more than anyone, that this health regimen will work. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of casuistry was in 1723

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“Casuistry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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