il·​log·​ic (ˌ)i(l)-ˈlä-jik How to pronounce illogic (audio)
: the quality or state of being illogical : illogicality

Examples of illogic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The illogic of these fines and fees was put into stark relief at an unlikely moment: the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, 2014. Courtney E. Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Feb. 2024 Nevertheless, Musk’s views on immigration and birth rates clearly echo the illogic that gives rise to such hateful ideology and its violent consequences. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2024 Within them, the doc traces the illogic of military force and shows how violence only begets more violence. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2023 This condescension underlies movies that pass off illogic and omissions as marks of fantasy and imagination—or, at least, as good enough for children. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 His is a thorough indictment of the illogic, legal inconsistencies, and arrogance of the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2022 Yikes, a rather twisted form of illogic. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 There were the absurdist explosions in the stock prices of GameStop and AMC, businesses previously viewed as moribund, and then there was the still-burgeoning ecosystem of cryptocurrency, with the stalwart Bitcoin at its center, which appeared to operate with a similar kind of bullish illogic. Will Stephenson, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 But there's plenty to savor in this first season, including archly broad comic-book baddies, dopily creepy lore, and classic(ally silly) CW illogic—all of it wrapped in the comforting conventions of a teen soap. Alexis Gunderson, Chron, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


back-formation from illogical

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of illogic was in 1856

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“Illogic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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