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sophistry
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
  • "Humphrey, that is all sophistry, and you know it," said his wife.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (89% in)

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