sophistic

adjective
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 The characters are treated with odd touches of realism and their sophistic arguments are stingingly psychologized. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, 8 Sep. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sophistic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sophistic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About sophistic

Time Traveler for sophistic

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near sophistic

sophister

sophistic

sophisticate

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for sophistic

Cite this Entry

“Sophistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sophistic. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on sophistic

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for sophistic

Nglish: Translation of sophistic for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!