Definition of sophistry in English:

sophistry

noun

  • 1The use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.

    • ‘It must be confessed that there is an air of sophistry about this argument - and I certainly have doubts about its cogency.’
    • ‘But Keynes smoothed over the harsh Marxist anti-individualism with artful sophistry and clever rhetoric into something salable to Americans.’
    • ‘Badiou insists that philosophy is the discipline concerned with truth, and that any effort to detract philosophy from this concern is tantamount to sophistry.’
    • ‘The Guardian's argumentation is pure sophistry.’
    • ‘How you tried to deceive us with smug sophistry?’
    trickery, deviousness, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, cunning, artfulness, wiliness, craft, craftiness, evasion, slyness, chicanery, intrigue, subterfuge, strategy, bluff, pretence
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    1. 1.1 A fallacious argument.
      • ‘There are then, several sophistries involved in abdicating our positions to cultural corruption.’
      • ‘Most lawyers, of course, don't internalise their sophistries.’
      • ‘During his literal captivity as a prisoner of war in Kentucky, he becomes figuratively captivated by her sophistries, which are explicitly coded as American.’
      • ‘I think you've been doing it so long you don't even recognize anymore that they're nothing but sophistries.’
      • ‘When you bombard them with sophistries, wrong messages and show them only dead-ends, that is where you finally reach.’
      specious reasoning, the use of fallacious arguments, sophism, casuistry, quibbling, equivocation, fallaciousness
      fallacious argument, sophism, fallacy, quibble
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Pronunciation

sophistry

/ˈsäfəstrē/