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

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sophistically \ sä-​ˈfi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sophistically (audio) , sə-​ \ 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,, "'Iphigenia in Aulis' at Getty Villa: Chasing the ever-elusive Euripides," 8 Sep. 2017 Conservatives cite uncertainty around the precise numbers to make sophistic claims, like the one Raul Labrador made on Friday, but this is not one of those instances where the counterintuitive argument is the correct one. Brian Beutler, New Republic, "The Four Flagrant Lies Republicans Are Telling to Sell Trumpcare," 8 May 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 5 Jul. 2020.

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