American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of sophists.
- adj. Apparently sound but really fallacious; specious: sophistic refutations.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. Sophistical.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a sophist; embodying sophistry; fallaciously subtile; not sound.
- adj. plausible but misleading
- adj. of or pertaining to sophists
“A comment was banned for the use of the word sophistic?”
“With the movement in Greek thought which is generally known as sophistic,”
“Sullen countermodernity images the academic as the snide sophistic Last Man, pathetically, defensively retreated into what – all good sense knows – is pseudo-intellectual flummery.”
“Claudius follows this with a sophistic argument -- "But you must know your father lost a father" -- which functions as a licentia.”
“Where these features are self-evident, the sophistic monosensicalist will not challenge the accuracy of the observation but will instead insist that “marriage” refers only to the instituionalised union of husband and wife, in order to redraw the goalposts and exclude the weight of evidence; there is only one example of “marriage” in the work, they will insist, so this canot be a key theme.”
“You and I both know, I reached into that sophistic bag that could go on forever.”
“This seems to me to have been unnecessary and rather sophistic (except to achieve the results desired in locking up this defendant).”
“Unfortunately, the ambiguities inherent in such inconsistent characterizations of genocide have allowed for a sophistic intellectualization of the term.”
“One can hardly imagine a more lucid retort than the one given by Carl Olson to the sophistic Fr. Reese s.j., but on this matter, the opinion of Fr James V. Schall s.j. is an interesting take about the N.D. president's invitation to Obama (with the ominous corollarium of a Honoris Causa doctorate promised to the new president).”
“Leo makes solemn obeisance at the altar of Beauty, and Dar Hyal juggles his sophistic blastism to no end save all your applause for his cleverness.”
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