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 (sə-fĭs′tĭk) or so·phis·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of sophists.
2. Apparently sound but really fallacious; specious: sophistic refutations.

so·phis′ti·cal·ly adv.


(səˈfɪstɪk) or


1. (Philosophy) of or relating to sophists or sophistry
2. (Philosophy) consisting of sophisms or sophistry; specious
soˈphistically adv


(səˈfɪs tɪk)

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of sophistry, sophists, or the ancient Greek Sophists.
2. of the nature of sophistry; fallacious.
so•phis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sophistic - of or pertaining to sophists
2.sophistic - plausible but misleading
invalid - having no cogency or legal force; "invalid reasoning"; "an invalid driver's license"


Containing fundamental errors in reasoning:


References in classic literature ?
Since I myself have been an inmate of a lunatic asylum, I cannot but notice that the sophistic tendencies of some of its inmates lean towards the errors of non causa and ignoratio elenche.
At this symposium, Socrates wished to approach his speech differently and asked Phaedras if he could present a simplified speech without the sophistic oratory expected at such functions:
Objective: This two-year research project aims to analyze the works of Sperone Speroni degli Alvarotti (Padua 1500 1588), his re-evaluation of ancient sophistic perspectives and his legacy in the early modern age.
Rebel sources disclosed recently that they acquired sophistic weapons including anti-tank and anti-aircraft shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles.
s overall structure that appears uninfluenced by recent efforts to situate it in the rhetorical forms of the Second Sophistic (74).
The sophistic appeal to the folk or blues "tradition'' doesn't fly.
This chapter greatly revises chapter eight of the third edition, "The End of the Ancient World: The Second Sophistic and Saint Augustine.
In the sixth lesson of the so-called Introduction of Berlin (the first eight lessons of the Philosophy of Revelation), Schelling maintains that Socrates, developing the theme of the docta ignorantia, criticized not knowledge in general, but that kind of knowledge (namely the sophistic and the Eleatic ones) which believed to know, even though it did not know a thing.
They also acknowledge that his acumen for rhetoric was probably not under the guise of Aristotle's systematic approach (classical argumentation-enthymemes or complete syllogisms) or Sophistic stylish (eloquence of speech) rhetoric, or even Hellenistic rhetoric.
Near the end of Youth, John, who has become exasperated with his artistic ineptness, his callous inability to establish reciprocal relationships with others, his sophistic self-justifications, and his facile self-mortification, thinks to himself: "Death to reason, death to talk
172) but argues that when Aristotle distinguishes philosophy from dialectic and sophistic in Metaphysics G, he doesn't distinguish two dialectics, but rather seems to present a picture of dialectic which is familiar from the Topics, and shows how philosophy and dialectic have different capacities because "dialectic probes where philosophy knows" (1004b22-26).
What if, instead of discussing (or carping about) race, discrimination, and poverty in the ways that we have the last 30 to 40 years--assessing fault and blame in ever more strident or sophistic ways--we chose to "give up and accept" the disaster on our hands?