sophism

noun
soph·​ism | \ ˈsä-ˌfi-zəm How to pronounce sophism (audio) \

Definition of sophism

1 : an argument apparently correct in form but actually invalid especially : such an argument used to deceive

First Known Use of sophism

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sophism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sophism. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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