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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

WORD OF THE DAY

Sophistry
Pronunciation
"sof-uh-stree"
Part of Speech
Noun
Edge

Meaning(s)
Subtle, tricky but generally false reasoning, a false argument
Example(s)
"Sooner or later, sophistry will stand exposed for what it is; Providence may delay truth, but can never deny it."
Word Origin
[Greek] sophos = wise, clever
Did you know? In ancient Greece, sophists were experts in debating, argumentative reasoning and rhetoric. However, with time, the term "sophist" was also applied to people who resort to smooth but ultimately false arguments. 
Derivatives
sophist (noun)
Synonym(s)
  • speciousness
  • deception

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