Definition of sophistry noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sophistry

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈsɒfɪstri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːfɪstri//
     
    (pl. sophistries)(formal)
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the use of clever arguments to persuade people that something is true when it is really false Convincing myself that I had gained in some way from my loss was just pure sophistry.
  2. 2[countable] a reason or an explanation that tries to show that something is true when it is really false He was hostile to their hypocritical sophistries.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French sophistrie or medieval Latin sophistria, from Latin sophista from Greek sophistēs, from sophizesthai ‘devise, become wise’, from sophos ‘wise’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sophistry