so·​phis·​tic sä-ˈfi-stik How to pronounce sophistic (audio)
variants or sophistical
: of or relating to sophists, sophistry, or the ancient Sophists
sophistic rhetoric
sophistic subtleties
: plausible but fallacious
sophistic reasoning
sophistically adverb

Examples of sophistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The characters are treated with odd touches of realism and their sophistic arguments are stingingly psychologized. Charles McNulty,, 8 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sophistic was in the 15th century

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“Sophistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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