Dictionary Source

These definitions come from the Funk & Wagnal Dictionary 1895 Edition.

Definitions

  1. The art or method of the Greek sophists;
    hence, specious reasoning;
    subtle fallacious disputation;
    reasoning sound in appearence only,
    especially when designedly deceptive;
    quibbling;
    casuistry.
  2. Logical or dialectical exercise
  3. Trickery;
    evil cunning,

    Synonyms:

casuistry
chicanery
evasion
fallacy
hairsplitting
paralogism
prevarication
quibble
quibbling
sophism
subterfuge
trickery