sophist 1540s, earlier sophister (late 14c.), from L. sophista, sophistes, from Gk. sophistes, from sophizesthai "to become wise or learned," from sophos "wise, clever," of unknown origin. Gk. sophistes came to mean "one who gives intellectual instruction for pay," and, contrasted with "philosopher," it became a term of contempt. Ancient sophists were famous for their clever, specious arguments.

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  • Sophist — Soph ist, n. [F. sophiste, L. sophistes, fr. Gr. ?. See {Sophism}.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sophist — Sophist, allgemein: Trugredner (holländ. drogredenaar) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • sophist — ► NOUN ▪ a person who uses clever but false arguments. DERIVATIVES sophistic adjective sophistical adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • sophist — [säf′ist] n. [L sophista < Gr sophistēs, wise man: see SOPHISM] 1. [often S ] in ancient Greece, any of a group of teachers of rhetoric, politics, philosophy, etc., some of whom were notorious for their clever, specious arguments 2. any person …   English World dictionary

  • sophist — /sof ist/, n. 1. (often cap.) Gk. Hist. a. any of a class of professional teachers in ancient Greece who gave instruction in various fields, as in general culture, rhetoric, politics, or disputation. b. a person belonging to this class at a later …   Universalium

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  • Sophist — ↑ Sophistin Deutler, Deutlerin; (bildungsspr.): Kasuist, Kasuistin; (ugs.): [schlauer] Fuchs, Schlaufuchs, Schlaumeier; (ugs., oft scherzh.): Schlauberger, Schlaubergerin; (abwertend): Haarspalter, Haarspalterin, Scholastiker, Scholastikerin,… …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • sophist — noun Etymology: Latin sophista, from Greek sophistēs, literally, expert, wise man, from sophizesthai to become wise, deceive, from sophos clever, wise Date: 14th century 1. philosopher 2. capitalized any of a class of ancient Greek teachers of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sophist — noun /ˈsɒfɪst/ a) One of a class of teachers of rhetoric, philosophy, and politics in ancient Greece, especially one who used fallacious but plausible reasoning. b) One who is captious …   Wiktionary

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