Sophistry is the clever use of arguments that seem correct but are in fact unsound and misleading, used with the intent to deceive people.
A sophist uses clever reasoning techniques to make their arguments seem plausible; nevertheless, their verbiage is used first and foremost to trick others into thinking their arguments are sound or reasonable.
of or relating to philosophy or philosophers
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire
used of the second year in United States high school or college
Of or pertaining to a sophomore; resembling a sophomore; hence, pretentious; inflated in style or manner; as, sophomoric affectation.
not wise in the ways of the world
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