il·​log·​ic | \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈlä-jik \

Definition of illogic 

: the quality or state of being illogical : illogicality

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Sadly, in our own day, it’s editors, who were once deemed a check on reporter illogic, who now insist on facts that fit a prefab narrative. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Fuel-Mileage Rules Are No Help to the Climate," 3 Aug. 2018 For some people — those of us who can’t help brushing against the margins — the logic, or stunning illogic, of our lives makes the decision to de-emphasize the arbitrary distinctions that sustain the American color-caste system that much simpler. Thomas Chatterton Williams, New York Times, "Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?," 27 June 2018 On Friday, in response to another DOJ motion claiming the 9th Circuit should not hear this case, Washington State filed a motion calling out the Justice Department for the illogic of its two simultaneous litigation postures. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "The Trump administration’s nonsensical claim that its executive order both does and does not exist.," 27 Feb. 2017 And advocates across the ideological spectrum should urge the courts to follow the First District’s lead and reject the disastrous illogic now developing in the federal circuits. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "The Second Amendment vs. the Fourth Amendment," 7 Apr. 2017 The modern political landscape is an interesting backdrop for Morgan, who addressed the illogic of the monarchy during The Crown’s first season. Julie Miller, HWD, "The Crown’s Peter Morgan on the Royal Drama’s Explosive Second Season," 17 Aug. 2017 Every aspect of the work — the disjunctive scale of its subjects, the spatial illogic and the crisp, ghostly forms — reinforces the hallucinatory quality. Leah Ollman,, "At Blum & Poe, a 'Cosmic Garden' of ghostly beauty," 14 July 2017 This has resulted in illogic, impeachment fantasies, and even unabashed Russophobia. Michael Tracey, New Republic, "Why Are Leftists Letting the Democratic Establishment Define the Trump Opposition?," 6 June 2017 But like Trump’s leaps of illogic, such left-wing conspiracy thinking is a hit on Twitter: Khan has 154,000 followers. Colin Dickey, New Republic, "Karl Rove panicked on live television," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of illogic

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for illogic

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