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  • n  someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

  • Max no doubt meant nothing to which exception could be takenhe is always a good casuist in defending himself.
  • In his "farce to make you sad" Ghelderode satirizes every brand of casuist who ever hoped to remold the worldand manages to reduce all of history to irony.
  • Beneath the glamorous raiment one can also glimpse the wily casuist who accepts the flimsiest excuse for invading France and courts his future wife knowing he has already won her .

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