noun. a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone.
- false belief
- sophistrie (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
- sophista (Latin)
Example sentences of the word sophistry
1. Noun, singular or mass
Their rhetorical soundness and their implicit encouragement of original thought, which Plato originally set out to do when rejecting sophistry, heightened their importance.