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Definition a mistaken belief; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
  • The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
fallacy = a mistaken belief
  • It's a fallacy of composition to believe that because each member of Congress tends a parcel of the nation, the whole Congress tends the whole nation.
    http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2008/09/26/mccain_plays_it_like_mccain/ (retrieved 02/20/09)
  • fallacy = a common form of incorrect reasoning
  • Her essay is entitled, "The Fallacy of Finding Your One True Love."
  • fallacy = a mistaken belief
  • I was about to give the lady some idea of the fallacy of her expectations; but she sailed away as soon as she had concluded her speech.
    Bronte, Anne  --  Agnes Grey
  • Pollack would say that the fallacy of your thinking lies in its narrow human perspective.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
  • One of the first fallacies of my life.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • fallacies = misconceptions resulting from incorrect reasoning
  • "The fallacy of composition" is a logical error — a mistaken belief that what seems good for an individual will still be good when others do the same thing.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • fallacy = a common form of incorrect reasoning
  • The belief that nothing exists outside your own mind — surely there must be some way of demonstrating that it was false? Had it not been exposed long ago as a fallacy?
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fallacy = a mistaken belief
  • If he thinks he floats off the floor, and if I simultaneously think I see him do it, then the thing happens. ... the thought burst into his mind: 'It doesn't really happen. We imagine it. It is hallucination.' He pushed the thought under instantly. The fallacy was obvious. It presupposed that somewhere or other, outside oneself, there was a 'real' world where 'real' things happened.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fallacy = a common form of incorrect reasoning
  • No, that is the great fallacy; the wisdom of old men.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • fallacy = a common form of incorrect reasoning
  • He had no difficulty in disposing of the fallacy, and he was in no danger of succumbing to it. He realized, nevertheless, that it ought never to have occurred to him. The mind should develop a blind spot whenever a dangerous thought presented itself. The process should be automatic, instinctive. Crimestop, they called it in Newspeak.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fallacy = a common form of incorrect reasoning
  • An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy.
    Benjamin Stolberg
  • The fallacy of the latter words is transparent.
    Plato  --  Meno
  • He subscribes to that fallacy.
  • The fallacy lay in the immense concession that the bad are successful; that justice is not done now.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • No fallacy is more common with naturalists, than that the numbers of an individual species depend on its powers of propagation.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Voyage of the Beagle
  • They were slow to abandon the fallacy that no business can be done without a written record.
    Casson, Herbert N.  --  The History of the Telephone
  • It's a fallacy to think that children are happy.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • He waited so long that even I could hear the fallacy of what I was suggesting.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The inventors of this fallacy try to support it by perverting the true meaning of legal maxims of law interpretation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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