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term of art

n. pl. terms of art
A term that has a specialized or restricted meaning within a particular field or trade.

[Translation of New Latin terminus artis : terminus, boundary, term + artis, genitive of ars, art, science, trade.]
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The term of art for this reprehensible approach is moral equivalence.
Actually, there is one final equation added thereafter: God as Pantokrator ("Almighty"), the first of nine occurrences of the term in Revelation (otherwise seen in the NT only in 2 Cor 6:18 and literally a term of art in Eastern Orthodox depictions of Christ regnant).
It's long been a truism that the far Right's talk of "family values" is a term of art for opposition to gay rights, so laws ostensibly designed to "protect the family" or "defend marriage" really have a purely negative goal aimed at one group.