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



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒfɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːfɪst//
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  1. 1a teacher of philosophy in ancient Greece, especially one with an attitude of doubting that statements are true
  2. 2a person who uses clever but wrong arguments
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek sophistēs, from sophizesthai ‘devise, become wise’, from sophos ‘wise’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sophist