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English definition of “sophistry”

sophistry

noun [U] uk   /ˈsɒf.ɪ.stri/ us    /ˈsɑː.fɪ-/ formal
the clever use of arguments that seem true but are really false, in order to deceive people
sophist
noun [C] uk   /ˈsɒf.ɪst/ us    /ˈsɑː.fɪst/
It was basically a selfish act, though no doubt a sophist would argue that it was done for the general good.
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