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She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
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  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Strongly Associated with:   fallacy
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Can use in place of "mistaken" for variety.
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  • She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
  • You can’t convict him based on the fallacious testimony of one witness.
  • The hospital called the suit "misleading and fallacious."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • But the mind of man not only refuses to believe this explanation, but plainly says that this method of explanation is fallacious, because in it a weaker phenomenon is taken as the cause of a stronger.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • "Alas," said Edmond, smiling, "these are the treasures the cardinal has left; and the good abbe, seeing in a dream these glittering walls, has indulged in fallacious hopes."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This was small consolation, but Miss Mills wouldn’t encourage fallacious hopes.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I gave up all that ... and my old way of life: That way based upon the fallacious assumption that I, like other men, was visible.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • And equally fallacious seems the conceit, that because the so-called whale-bone whales no longer haunt many grounds in former years abounding with them, hence that species also is declining.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ...all appearances to the contrary, such as ... being to his certain knowledge fallacious;
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Yet, with a pleasing sorcery, could charm
    Pain for a while or anguish, and excite
    Fallacious hope, or...
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost

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  • such methods for enabling one the more easily to manage subjects are only useful in times of peace, but if war comes this policy proves fallacious.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I mean, simple ontological reductionism is clearly a fallacious argument,
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The Minister, in all good faith, read this fallacious statement in the House of Commons, and he was promptly shouted down by Members howling ’Liar!’ and ’Wolf-lover!’
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • It dawned on me that I came to Yamacraw for a fallacious reason: I needed to be cleansed, born again, resurrected by good works and suffering, purified of the dark cankers that grew like toadstools in my past.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I argued (no less fallaciously) that my cowardly felicity proved that I was a man capable of carrying out the adventure successfully.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • It seemed to him as possible of proof as of confutation and the nomenclature employed in its selenographical charts as attributable to verifiable intuition as to fallacious analogy: the lake of dreams, the sea of rains, the gulf of dews, the ocean of fecundity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Which kind of thoughts, is called Foresight, and Prudence, or Providence; and sometimes Wisdome; though such conjecture, through the difficulty of observing all circumstances, be very fallacious.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Everywhere the brick houses have a mellow look, and in Mrs. Glegg’s day there was no incongruous new-fashioned smartness, no plate-glass in shop-windows, no fresh stucco-facing or other fallacious attempt to make fine old red St. Ogg’s wear the air of a town that sprang up yesterday.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Fred gave up the fallacious hope of getting a genuine opinion; but on reflection he saw that Bambridge’s depreciation and Horrock’s silence were both virtually encouraging, and indicated that they thought better of the horse than they chose to say.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Nothing can be more fallacious than this kind of argument.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • This was fallacious, but it was manly, and had a minimum of moral truth.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • The existing Confederation is founded on fallacious principles.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Such were the consequences of the fallacious principle on which this interesting establishment was founded.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But when Ulysses, with fallacious arts, Had made impression in the people’s hearts, And forg’d a treason in my patron’s name (I speak of things too far divulg’d by fame), My kinsman fell.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • What remedy can there be for this situation, but in a change of the system which has produced it in a change of the fallacious and delusive system of quotas and requisitions?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • We have turned our attention to that experiment, on the suggestion of my family, and we find it fallacious.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Reconciliation is NOW a fallacious dream.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • Nothing can be more fallacious than to found our political calculations on arithmetical principles.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Nothing, therefore, can be more fallacious than to infer the extent of any power, proper to be lodged in the national government, from an estimate of its immediate necessities.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • This is fallacious and untrue.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • ’Madam,’ returned Mr. Micawber, ’it was the dream of my youth, and the fallacious aspiration of my riper years.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • It has been shown in the course of these papers, that the existing Confederation is founded on principles which are fallacious; that we must consequently change this first foundation, and with it the superstructure resting upon it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • On others practice thy Ligurian arts; Thin stratagems and tricks of little hearts Are lost on me: nor shalt thou safe retire, With vaunting lies, to thy fallacious sire.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • This view of the matter, at any rate, puts it out of all doubt that the supposed ABOLITION of the trial by jury, by the operation of this provision, is fallacious and untrue.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • CHAPTER XXV OF COUNSELL Counsell What How fallacious it is to judge of the nature of things, by the ordinary and inconstant use of words, appeareth in nothing more, than in the confusion of Counsels, and Commands, arising from the Imperative manner of speaking in them both, and in may other occasions besides.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …the impartial and discerning, that there is an absolute necessity for an entire change in the first principles of the system; that if we are in earnest about giving the Union energy and duration, we must abandon the vain project of legislating upon the States in their collective capacities; we must extend the laws of the federal government to the individual citizens of America; we must discard the fallacious scheme of quotas and requisitions, as equally impracticable and unjust.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • …her loan of five hundred pounds, it naturally occurred to him that he had a promissory note for three hundred pounds lent to his brother-in-law Moss; and if the said brother-in-law could manage to pay in the money within a given time, it would go far to lessen the fallacious air of inconvenience which Mr. Tulliver’s spirited step might have worn in the eyes of weak people who require to know precisely how a thing is to be done before they are strongly confident that it will be easy.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • …Franz calmly; "but you merely fall into the same error which leads so many of our countrymen to commit the most egregious blunders,—I mean that of judging the habits and customs of Italy and Spain by our Parisian notions; believe me, nothing is more fallacious than to form any estimate of the degree of intimacy you may suppose existing among persons by the familiar terms they seem upon; there is a similarity of feeling at this instant between ourselves and the countess—nothing more."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • …quietly in their beds; if their property has remained safe against the predatory spirit of licentious adventurers; if their maritime towns have not yet been compelled to ransom themselves from the terrors of a conflagration, by yielding to the exactions of daring and sudden invaders, these instances of good fortune are not to be ascribed to the capacity of the existing government for the protection of those from whom it claims allegiance, but to causes that are fugitive and fallacious.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Sir John Dalrymple, the putative father of a whining jesuitical piece, fallaciously called, "THE ADDRESS OF THE PEOPLE OF ENGLAND TO THE INHABITANTS OF AMERICA," hath, perhaps, from a vain supposition, that the people here were to be frightened at the pomp and description of a king, given, (though very unwisely on his part) the real character of the present one: "But" says this writer, "if you are inclined to pay compliments to an administration, which we do not complain of,"…
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • There they their fill of love and love’s disport Took largely, of their mutual guilt the seal, The solace of their sin; till dewy sleep Oppressed them, wearied with their amorous play, Soon as the force of that fallacious fruit, That with exhilarating vapour bland About their spirits had played, and inmost powers Made err, was now exhaled; and grosser sleep, Bred of unkindly fumes, with conscious dreams Incumbered, now had left them; up they rose As from unrest; and, each the other…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • …frangibility of the hymen: the presupposed intangibility of the thing in itself: the incongruity and disproportion between the selfprolonging tension of the thing proposed to be done and the selfabbreviating relaxation of the thing done; the fallaciously inferred debility of the female: the muscularity of the male: the variations of ethical codes: the natural grammatical transition by inversion involving no alteration of sense of an aorist preterite proposition (parsed as masculine…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • This was small consolation, but Miss Mills wouldn’t encourage fallacious hopes.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • I had allowed myself to be diverted by fallacious evidence; but I recovered and again took hold of the right end.
    Leroux, Gaston  --  The Mystery of the Yellow Room
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