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Word: sophist

Definition: teacher of philosophy; quibbler; employer of fallacious reasoning; N. sophism: plausible but fallacious argument


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::: gullible - easily deceived
::: elegy - poem or song expressing lamentation (for the dead); ADJ. elegiacal, elegiac
::: precinct - division of a city for election or police purposes; precincts: space that surrounds a building; Ex. precincts of the college
::: philology - study of language or words
::: carefree - free from worries; having no problems
::: buttress - support; prop up; N. stationary structure to support wall; Ex. flying buttress
::: belie - contradict; give a false impression; disguise; Ex. The poor sales belied our high hopes; Ex. Her smile belies her true feeling of displeasure.
::: xenophobia - fear or hatred of foreigners; N. xenophobe
::: scuttle - sink (a ship) by cutting holes in the hull; scrap; discard; N: small hatch in a ship's deck or hull
::: flourish - grow well; prosper; make sweeping gestures; wave; brandish; Ex. The trees flourished in the sun. N: showy movement or gesture; embellishment or ornamentation (esp. in handwriting)