sophistry

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From Old French sophistrie, from Latin sophista, from Ancient Greek σοφιστής (sophistēs, wise man), from σοφίζω (sophizō, I am wise), from σοφός (sophos, wise).

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sophistry (countable and uncountable, plural sophistries)

  1. (countable) An argument that seems plausible, but is fallacious or misleading, especially one devised deliberately to be so.
  2. (uncountable) The art of using deceptive speech or writing.
  3. (uncountable) Cunning or trickery.

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