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English definition of “sophistry”

sophistry

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