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sophistry

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Definition seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
  • Where facts failed her, she used sophistry.
sophistry = the use of seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
  • Any other explanation is sophistry.
  • "Humphrey, that is all sophistry, and you know it," said his wife.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • Commit it then to the flames, for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • sophistry = the use of seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
  • He sees that they consistently are doing exactly that which they accuse the Sophists of doing...using emotionally persuasive language for the ulterior purpose of making the weaker argument,
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • sophists = people who use seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
  • Coulde no man, by twenty thousand
    Counterfeit the sophimes* of his art;  *sophistries, beguilements
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • sophistries = invalid arguments that are seemingly believable and display ingenuity in reasoning
  • Are they in harmony with the sympathies of Christ? or are they swayed and perverted by the sophistries of worldly policy?
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • "Humphrey, that is all sophistry, and you know it," said his wife.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It presented itself to her, with no sophistry upon it, in its own plain nature.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • That face on which the condor Thought has fed, arched with high subtle malice, sophist glee.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • *d [Footnote d: A strange sophism has been made on this head in France.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • For once, they put the sophistry aside and used a little common sense.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • "Yes, there's something of a sophistry about that," Veslovsky agreed.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • The great threats to the nation, Adams warned, were sophistry, the spirit of party, and "the pestilence of foreign influence."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • You always come back to my point, in spite of your wrigglings and evasions and sophistries, not to mention the intolerable length of your speeches.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • If I lived with you as you desire, I should then be your mistress: to say otherwise is sophistical — is false.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • FAUST Thou art, and thou remain'st, a sophist, liar.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • He did not exactly suspect the secret objects of Muir, but he was far from being blind to his sophistry.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "Save your sophistry Lucian," said the Inquisitor.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • I gave an impatient shrug at such sophistry.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau

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