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Sophistry

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  • Sophistry is an interesting word that is confusing to many people. We will examine the definition of sophistry, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Sophistry is the practice of advancing convincing arguments that are in fact, based on falsehoods or faulty logic. Sophistry involves promulgating ideas that are misleading or are in some way deceptive. Sophistry may be intentionally or unintentionally deceptive. The word sophistry is derived from the Greek philosophers, Sophists, who lived in the fifth century BC. Sophists were reputed to be brilliant philosophers, but were later deemed to have based their arguments on false precepts and logic, willing to argue any side in order to gain monetary compensation. The word sophistry is derived from the Greek word sophistēs, which means expert.

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    Examples

    Tory MP David Jones hit back at the latest proposal and said it would be “sophistry” if Britain was to be granted with the opportunity to take back control but fail to fully implement it. (The Daily Express)

    In upholding the latest iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the court majority outdid itself in demonstrating its fundamental sophistry in the pursuit of partisan interests. (The Lexington Herald-Leader)

    The claim that, in separating children from their parents the United States was only upholding the law, was pure sophistry. (The Washington Post)

    “It is also instructive for the new chairman to understand that Nigerians are no longer inclined to sophistry, illogical arguments, deceits, contrivance and recourse to abuse as a method of campaign.” (The Daily Post Nigeria)

    To argue that the union was “not given an opportunity to negotiate past that fifteen percent” appears to us to be the height of sophistry. (The Barbados Advocate)


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