- Sophistry is the deliberate use of a false argument with the intent to trick someone or a false or untrue argument.
An example of sophistry is when you use a fact in an argument to make your point even though you know the point is false.
- unsound or misleading but clever, plausible, and subtle argument or reasoning; sophism
- the methods or practices of the Sophists
Origin of sophistryMiddle English sophistrie ; from Medieval Latin sophistria
- Plausible but fallacious argumentation.
- A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument.
(countable and uncountable, plural sophistries)
From Old French sophistrie, from Latin sophista, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎ¿Ï†Î¹ÏƒÏ„Î®Ï‚ (sophistÄ“s, “wise man"), from ÏƒÎ¿Ï†Î¯Î¶Ï‰ (sophizÅ, “I am wise"), from ÏƒÎ¿Ï†ÏŒÏ‚ (sophos, “wise").