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  • n  a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone

  • It was pitiful to see the warlord defending the bombing of his own countrymen through lies and sophistry.
  • In the face of empirical evidence, all the scientific sophistry of the professor went out of the window.
  • Thankfully, sophistry of the lawyer did not work on the court and the guilty was brought to book.
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    Please login to view the requested resource. USA Today bills itself as “The Nation’s Newspaper.” But even that self-laudatory appellation hardly renders the Gannett flagship immune from sophistry.
    July 13, 2013 - The Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

  • Winston Peters in National Business Review
    National's attempts to focus all attention on its `mine's bigger than yours' tax package is an exercise in sophistry,said party leader Winston Peters. "Today's announcement, like some unwanted Christmas present, is just 1990s policies...
  • Antonin Scalia in New York Law Journal
    To invoke alien law when it agrees with one's thinking and ignore it otherwise is not reasoned decision-making, but sophistry,Scalia said.
  • John Birt in
    The BBC, Lord Birt said on Wednesday night, had "failed to exercise due scrutiny", responded to Downing Street's complaints with "blind defence and sophistry" and the board of governors had taken "far too long to exert a grip".

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