Sophistry

Definition of Sophistry

Soph´ist`ry
n.1.The art or process of reasoning; logic.
2.The practice of a sophist; fallacious reasoning; reasoning sound in appearance only.
The juggle of sophistry consists, for the most part, in usig a word in one sense in the premise, and in another sense in the conclusion.
- Coleridge.

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