Soph"ist*ry (?), n. [OE. sophistrie, OF. sophisterie.]

1.

The art or process of reasoning; logic.

[Obs.]

2.

The practice of a sophist; fallacious reasoning; reasoning sound in appearance only.

The juggle of sophistry consists, for the most part, in using a word in one sense in the premise, and in another sense in the conclusion. Coleridge.

Syn. -- See Fallacy.

 

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