sophistry

Sophistry is tricking someone by making a seemingly clever argument, such as telling your mom you must have candy before dinner because if you don't you'll die and then the protein and vitamins won't get eaten at all.

Sophistry is a word that you hear very little in contemporary life, perhaps because it makes anyone who uses it sound like a Puritanical fanatic insisting that something like gum-chewing is the path to the devil. But we are certainly still surrounded by examples of sophistry––just turn on the TV and watch an ad. You'll see plenty.

DEFINITIONS OF: sophistry

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n a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone

Synonyms:
sophism, sophistication
Type of:
fallacy, false belief
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
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