casuistry casuistry

Definition(s):

  1. (n) argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
  2. (n) moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas

Usage(s):

  1. But that involved a good deal of fancy footwork and casuistry.
  2. CCTV wouldn't be CCTV without fakement, casuistry and effrontery.
  3. With admirable casuistry, he told himself that, since men liked to be preached to, it mattered not who preached, so long as the hearers were none the wiser.

Quotes

  • "I apply the Abraham Lincoln test for moral casuistry: 'If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.' Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture," Hitchens wrote after enduring the procedure.
    on Jul 2, 2008 By: Christopher Hitchens Source: Raw Story

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