casuist (n.) c.1600, "one who studies and resolves cases of conscience," from Fr. casuiste, from L. casus (see CASE (Cf. case) (n.1)) in its Medieval Latin sense "case of conscience." Often in a sinister or contemptuous sense. Related: Casuistic; casuistry.
Casuistry ... destroys, by distinctions and exceptions, all morality, and effaces the essential difference between right and wrong. [Bolingbroke, 1736]

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  • Casuist — Cas u*ist, n. [L. casus fall, case; cf. F. casuiste. See {Casual}.] One who is skilled in, or given to, casuistry. [1913 Webster] The judment of any casuist or learned divine concerning the state of a man s soul, is not sufficient to give him… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Casuist — Cas u*ist, v. i. To play the casuist. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • casuist — [kazh′o͞o ist΄] n. [Fr casuiste < L casus: see CASE1] a person expert in, or inclined to resort to, casuistry …   English World dictionary

  • casuist — casuistry ► NOUN ▪ the use of clever but false reasoning, especially in relation to moral issues. DERIVATIVES casuist noun casuistic adjective casuistical adjective. ORIGIN from Spanish casuista, from Latin casus fall, chance, occurrence …   English terms dictionary

  • casuist — noun Etymology: probably from Spanish casuista, from Latin casus fall, chance more at case Date: 1609 one skilled in or given to casuistry • casuistic or casuistical adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • casuist — /kazh ooh ist/, n. 1. an oversubtle or disingenuous reasoner, esp. in questions of morality. 2. a person who studies and resolves moral problems of judgment or conduct arising in specific situations. [1600 10; < Sp casuista < L casu(s) CASE1 +… …   Universalium

  • casuist — noun /ˈkazjʊɪst/ a) A person who resolves cases of conscience or moral duty. The second set of moralists, among whom we may count all the casuists of the middle and latter ages of the christian church, ... endeavor to lay down exact and precise… …   Wiktionary

  • casuist — cas·u·ist || kæzjʊɪst n. one who studies issues of moral conduct; false reasoning …   English contemporary dictionary

  • casuist — [ kazjʊɪst, ʒj ] noun a person who uses clever but false reasoning. Derivatives casuistic adjective casuistical adjective casuistically adverb casuistry noun Origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • casuist — noun (C) formal someone who is skilled in casuistry …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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