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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sophism, sophistry, sophistication(noun)

    a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone


  1. sophism(Noun)

    A flawed argument superficially correct in its reasoning, usually designed to deceive. An intentional fallacy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sophism(noun)

    the doctrine or mode of reasoning practiced by a sophist; hence, any fallacy designed to deceive

  2. Origin: [F. sophisme, L. sophisma, fr. Gr. , fr. to make wise, to be become wise, to play the sophist, fr. wise.]


  1. Sophism

    Sophism in the modern definition is a specious argument used for deceiving someone. In ancient Greece, sophists were a category of teachers who specialized in using the techniques of philosophy and rhetoric for the purpose of teaching arete—excellence, or virtue—predominantly to young statesmen and nobility. The practice of charging money for education and providing wisdom only to those who could pay led to the condemnations made by Socrates, through Plato in his dialogues, as well as Xenophon's Memorabilia. Through works such as these, Sophists were portrayed as "specious" or "deceptive", hence the modern meaning of the term. The term originated from Greek σόφισμα, sophisma, from σοφίζω, sophizo "I am wise"; confer σοφιστής, sophistēs, meaning "wise-ist, one who does wisdom," and σοφός, sophós means "wise man".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sophism

    sof′izm, n. a specious fallacy..—n. Soph′ist, one of a class of public teachers of rhetoric, philosophy, &c. in Greece in the 5th century B.C.: a captious or fallacious reasoner—also Soph′ister (Shak.): a student at an English university in his second or third year, the students in these years being called junior and senior sophister respectively.—adjs. Sophis′tic, -al, pertaining to a sophist or to sophistry: fallaciously subtle.—adv. Sophis′tically.—n. Sophis′ticalness, the state or quality of being sophistical.—v.t. Sophis′ticāte, to render sophistical or unsound: to corrupt by mixture.—adj. Sophis′ticāted, adulterated: impure: not genuine.—ns. Sophisticā′tion, act of sophisticating, adulterating, or injuring by mixture; Sophis′ticātor, one who sophisticates or adulterates; Sophis′ticism, the philosophy or the methods of the sophists; Soph′istress, a she-sophist; Soph′istry, specious but fallacious reasoning. [Fr. sophisme—Gr. sophismasophizein, to make wise—sophos, wise.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Sophism

    an alternative appellation for The Philosophy of Millettism, also known as Astronism, as founded by Cometan and manifested within the book known as the Omnidoxy.

    "Tom began to adhere to Sophism after he read the Omnidoxy."

    Submitted by brandonreecetaylor on February 5, 2019  


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sophism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sophism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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