a clever and plausible but fallacious argument or form of reasoning, esp. one intended to deceive
Origin of sophismaltered (infl. by L) from Middle English sophime from Old French soffime from Classical Latin sophisma from Classical Greek from sophizesthai, to play the sophist from sophos, clever, skillful, wise
- A plausible but fallacious argument.
- Deceptive or fallacious argumentation.
Origin of sophismMiddle English sophime, sophisme from Old French sophime from Latin sophisma from Greek from sophizesthai to be subtle from sophos clever, wise