so·​phis·​tic | \ sä-ˈfi-stik How to pronounce sophistic (audio) , sə- \
variants: or sophistical \ sä-​ˈfi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce sophistic (audio) , sə-​ \

Definition of sophistic

1 : of or relating to sophists, sophistry, or the ancient Sophists sophistic rhetoric sophistic subtleties
2 : plausible but fallacious sophistic reasoning

Other Words from sophistic

sophistically \ sä-​ˈfi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sophistic (audio) , sə-​ \ adverb

Examples of sophistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our writers helped readers make sense of the sophistic mess that was the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 24 Mar. 2022 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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First Known Use of sophistic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sophistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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