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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."
Their topics include the explanatory value of developmental hypotheses as exemplified by the interpretation of Aristotle, the debt of Aristotle s collection of politeiai to the sophistic tradition, Plotinus' criticism of Aristotle's doctrine of primary substance and its background, the early literary construct of Boethius: In Isagogen Porphyrii commenta, editio prima, Ammonius Hermeiou on the appearance of ghosts, and the un-Byzantine Byzantine on two sophisms.
That little blizzard of "sophistic" words ignores the fact that democratic UK politicians from our Government and in the European Parliament played a full part in making EU law and pushing for things like the Single Market and the EU regional funding that helped regenerate Merseyside.
The editors should have known the facts and prevented publication of sophistic and misleading arguments that endanger our children and grand children and benefit only the NRA true believers.
In what follows, I will consider this preoccupation with hybridity that pervades the Second Sophistic, and then assess its broader function in the works of Lucian.
Walker (1994) moves beyond Aristotelian conceptions of the enthymeme to explore the concept from Sophistic standpoints.
This sophistic and wrong-headed approach has resulted in regulatory paralysis and the near annihilation of an entire once-promising genetic engineering sector in which the United States was poised to be preeminent.
Bartlett thus concludes that Protagoras's atheism is "unearned because unproven or merely posited." Because the sophistic response to the challenge of the prophets proves inadequate, the Theaetetus restores the enterprise of political philosophy against the challenge of relativism.
This means first recognizing that colonial mentality still exists, albeit in cleverly sophistic and 'sophisticated' form-and 'reeducating' ourselves by making it a point to prefer local productions over foreign works.
Butterfield focuses on Hu's rhetorical attempt to transform Chinese culture in the Literary Revolution through "a Sophistic lens," including vernacularization that was designed to empower citizens through language.