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a. a method of argument that is seemingly plausible though actually invalid and misleading
b. the art of using such arguments



(1) The philosophic current in ancient Greece created by the Sophists.

(2) Reasoning based on the deliberate violation of the rules of logic or the use of false arguments.

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THUS FAR, THE PLATONIC PRESENTATION of sophistry shows the sophist as an apparent teacher of virtue, one who liberates his students from their attachment to convention in the direction of the pursuit of pleasure.
Now perhaps you think such sophistry a bad thing, perhaps you express disdain at politicians who fail to give a straight answer or use 'weasel words' to avoid admitting what they know.
A method that accounts for these complex relationships among kinds is necessary for defining subjects such as sophistry and statesmanship, which take on misleading appearances and are easily confused with other kinds of activity.
The White House's argument for not doing so borders on sophistry -- that ''U.
The revelations are crammed with sly expressions and sophistry defying the integrity of the North's power apparatus.
I'm no economist, but that feels like headline-grabbing financial sophistry.
To beat the sophistry of the creationists requires a high degree of cleverness indeed.
Heston Blumenthal's gastronomic sophistry has always left me cold, and after subjecting myself to an early episode of the pug-faced one's latest series, I'd gone out of my way to avoid subsequent offerings.
This prudery of evangelical Christianity is the result of a breathtaking combination of sophistry, evasion and narrow-mindedness.
This choice raises, at the very outset, the question of sophistry versus philosophy.
The High Court dismissed that as little more than sophistry.
This is further detailed in the footnote as "also known as Knights of the Clocks, an acronym for Cloistered Order of Conclaved Knights of Sophistry.