Definition of Sophist

1. Noun. Any of a group of Greek philosophers and teachers in the 5th century BC who speculated on a wide range of subjects.

Generic synonyms: Philosopher
Derivative terms: Sophistic



2. Noun. Someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious.
Exact synonyms: Casuist
Generic synonyms: Ratiocinator, Reasoner
Derivative terms: Casuistical, Casuistical, Casuistry, Sophism, Sophistic, Sophistical

Definition of Sophist

1. n. One of a class of men who taught eloquence, philosophy, and politics in ancient Greece; especially, one of those who, by their fallacious but plausible reasoning, puzzled inquirers after truth, weakened the faith of the people, and drew upon themselves general hatred and contempt.

Definition of Sophist

1. Noun. One of a class of teachers of rhetoric, philosophy, and politics in ancient Greece, especially one who used fallacious but plausible reasoning. ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) One who is captious, fallacious, or deceptive in argument. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sophist

1. one that uses sophisms [n -S]

Sophist Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Sophist Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sophist

soots
sooty
sop up
sopaipilla
sopaipillas
sopapilla
sopapillas
sopcheite
soph
sopheric
sopherim
sophi
sophies
sophism
sophisms
sophist (current term)
sophister
sophisters
sophistic
sophistical
sophistically
sophisticalness
sophisticate
sophisticated
sophisticated falsificationism
sophisticatedly
sophisticatedness
sophisticates
sophisticating
sophistication

Literary usage of Sophist

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1901)
"The sophist Libanius was born in the capital of the East; he publicly professed the arts of rhetoric and declamation at Nice, Nicomedia, Constantinople, ..."

2. Classical Philology by University of Chicago press, JSTOR (Organization) (1909)
"LUCIAN THE sophist BY EMILY JAMES PUTNAM In the second century of our era the Hellenic spirit, which had been eclipsed for a time by the practical genius of ..."

3. The Journal of Philology by William George Clark, John Eyton Bickersteth Mayor, William Aldis Wright, Ingram Bywater, Henry Jackson (1885)
"I have of the sophist of Plato, and on some found Campbell's notes upon ... de- of its philosophical bearings' (Trans- tails of the sophist not less helpful ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1854)
"J When Julian ascended the throne, he declared his impatience to embrace and reward the Syrian sophist, who had preserved, in a degenerate age, ..."

Other Resources Relating to: Sophist

Search for Sophist on Dictionary.com!Search for Sophist on Thesaurus.com!Search for Sophist on Google!Search for Sophist on Wikipedia!

Search