Definition of “sophistry” - English Dictionary

“sophistry” in English

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sophistrynoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsɒf.ɪ.stri/ us /ˈsɑː.fɪ.stri/ formal
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.

(Definition of “sophistry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)