syl·​lo·​gize ˈsi-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce syllogize (audio)
syllogized; syllogizing

intransitive verb

: to reason by means of syllogisms

transitive verb

: to deduce by syllogism
syllogizes moral laws

Word History


Middle English sylogysen, from Late Latin syllogizare, from Greek syllogizesthai

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of syllogize was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near syllogize

Cite this Entry

“Syllogize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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