Definition of syllogize in English:


(also syllogise)


  • 1 Use syllogisms.

    • ‘He tells anecdotes, analyzes concepts, reads philosophical texts, describes the experience of certain novels, generalizes, makes lists, and syllogizes.’
    • ‘Farther, he syllogized, saying, These men are but badly skilled in matters of war, for they have not required my parole, neither have they taken my sword from me.’
    • ‘Consequently, if a man syllogizes while asleep, when he wakes up he invariably recognizes a flaw in some respect.’
    • ‘The man who would try to break a horse or write a poem or beget a child by pure syllogizing would be an irrational man; though at the same time syllogizing is in itself a more rational activity than the activities demanded by these achievements.’
    • ‘A UT cheerleader named Harley Clark syllogized: A & M has a hand sign, A & M is winning, UT has no hand sign, therefore UT is losing.’
    • ‘The appellant syllogizes that because in this case the pursuit of a wrongful death action was part of the unfulfilled duties of the personal representative, the powers of the personal representative endure until the completion of the wrongful death action.’
    • ‘Now a small man can dig for a proof or a disproof, and any sort of man can syllogize for a confirmation or a refutation.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Put (facts or an argument) in the form of syllogism.
      • ‘We can take any pair of N.'s or Pnin's mutually exclusive statements and syllogize them according to Lewis Carroll's scheme.’
      • ‘Rod, maybe I will try to syllogize your premise that some wars are just and necessary.’
      • ‘You did mention Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron of the university, and you know he would have syllogized your argument right into the dust bin and has with his Summa Theologica.’
      • ‘Hence in such cases it is not suitable to syllogize the posterior from the prior, since when the prior is posited, it is not necessary that the posterior follow.’
      • ‘However what occurs is that in arriving at truths reliance is placed on the syllogising of propositions, and the noticing of the senses is restricted to what the propositions end with.’
      • ‘Thank you for syllogising and therefore validating my lifelong desire to have a bridge or public park named in my honor.’


Late Middle English: via Old French or late Latin from Greek sullogizesthai (see syllogism).