Definition of sophism in English:

sophism

noun

  • A fallacious argument, especially one used deliberately to deceive.

    • ‘This cannot but be sheer sophism of a militarist fanatic and an unpardonable mockery of the Koreans.’
    • ‘Thus, even since brute force has been held in check, the sophism has been not merely a species of evil, but the very essence of evil.’
    • ‘This year, in shame, the relevant secretary of the Assembly has decided to reduce the scope of the fest and has given reasons which can only be described as sophism.’
    • ‘They regarded this view of science as unsatisfactory, incomplete, or just another form of sophism.’
    • ‘And style, said Flaubert, is a very manner of seeing things, adding that distinctions between thought and style are a sophism.’
    misconception, mistaken belief, misbelief, delusion, false notion, mistaken impression, misapprehension, misjudgement, miscalculation, misinterpretation, misconstruction, error, mistake, untruth, inconsistency, illusion, myth, fantasy, deceit, deception, sophism
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French sophime, via Latin from Greek sophisma clever device from sophizesthai become wise (see sophist).

Pronunciation

sophism

/ˈsäfˌizəm/