sophistic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sophistic plausible but misleading
    • adj sophistic of or pertaining to sophists
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A species of dolphin is born naturally blind in the Indus and Ganges rivers in South Asia. These dolphins have a highly sophisticated sonar system and swim on only one side of their body
    • a Sophistic Of or pertaining to a sophist; embodying sophistry; fallaciously subtile; not sound. "His argument . . . is altogether sophistical ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "sophomore" means "sophisticated moron."
    • sophistic Same as sophistical.
    • n sophistic The methods of the Greek sophists; sophistry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Those British are sophisticated people, in almost everything except their choice of coffee. They still drink instant ten-to-one over fresh brewed.
    • adjs Sophistic pertaining to a sophist or to sophistry: fallaciously subtle
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Quotations

  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.”
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “I have always thought of sophistication as rather a feeble substitute for decadence.”
  • Norman Mailer
    Norman%20Mailer
    “Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sophisticus, Gr. : cf. F. sophistique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sophisme—Gr. sophismasophizein, to make wise—sophos, wise.

Usage

In literature:

She is no sophist, apparently, since you say she can see the truth.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
Numerous women of later date wrote on these subjects, and one book is attributed to Polycrates, the sophist.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Let us hold no parley with these arrogant sophists.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
In silence she wished that Ethel's characteristic attitudes could be a little more demure and sophisticated.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever.
"The Glory of English Prose" by Stephen Coleridge
With Miss Terry there is permanent charm of a very natural nature, which has become deliciously sophisticated.
"Plays, Acting and Music" by Arthur Symons
What looked to Jewdwine like simplicity seemed to him only a more intolerably sophisticated pose than any other.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
She followed him through all his sophistical reasonings with a keener reason.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Once as I was passing through the market place I heard a sophist from Cilicia say that there is only one God.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
Can all, saint, sage, or sophist ever writ, People this lonely tower, this tenement refit?
"English Grammar in Familiar Lectures" by Samuel Kirkham
After all, it was rather pleasant to associate with sophistication.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
I am grown expensive and sophisticated.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
These may be the doubts of the grown-ups and the sophisticated.
"Fifth Avenue" by Arthur Bartlett Maurice
They were sophisticated, and the two last were also the painters of a wealthy and commanding Republic.
"A Wanderer in Venice" by E.V. Lucas
Mackay, R.W., 'Introduction to the Sophistes,' 1868.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
A: What poor sophistry from the poor sophists who have taught you.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
He could read with the facility of an adult, but a book written for a sophisticated audience went over his head.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
Does Miss Millay's later work show growth toward greatness or toward sophisticated cleverness?
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
Hippias the sophist tells us, that Lycurgus himself was a man of great personal valour, and an experienced commander.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
The Sophistic philosophy should be characterized as the clearing up reflection.
"A History of Philosophy in Epitome" by Albert Schwegler
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In poetry:

``But when Faith grows a sophist's theme,
And chancels ring with doubt and din,
I sometimes think that they who seem
The most without, are most within.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Late, too, when France, with sophist cunning fraught,
Essay'd that field which force had fail'd to gain,
And proudly question'd, by success untaught,
Britannia's lineal right—her watery reign!
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
Huffer! quoth HUDIBRAS: this sword Shall down thy false throat craw that word.
RALPHO, make haste, and call an officer,
To apprehend this Stygian sophister,
Meanwhile I'll hold 'em at a bay,
Lest he and WHACHUM run away.
"Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto III" by Samuel Butler
His looks would last
at least another ten years. And after that?
Maybe he’ll go back to Sakkas.
Or if the old man has died meanwhile,
he’ll go to another philosopher or sophist:
there’s always someone suitable around.
"From The School Of The Renowned Philosopher" by Constantine P Cavafy
'Perspective betrays with its dichotomy:
train tracks always meet, not here, but only
in the impossible mind's eye;
horizons beat a retreat as we embark
on sophist seas to overtake that mark
where wave pretends to drench real sky.'
"Love Is A Parallax" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Could caste politics give way to something more sophisticated.
Today, retail chains boast some of the most sophisticated and fastest growing of retail web sites.
From clickers to programs like Learning Catalytics—which data-mines to match students with discussion partners—student-response systems are becoming more and more sophisticated.
I am not a very sophisticated mobile phone user.
AS everyone knows, television viewers are growing increasingly sophisticated and are demanding ever more thoughtful shows from an expanding number of channels.
A sophisticated computer virus that attacked Yavapai County Sheriff's Office early morning April 19, then spread to computers in every department of county government, appeared to be under control Friday, April 22.
This sophisticated and spacious condo in the exclusive 625 building boasts 3 bedroom suites, large living room, dining room and a generous library with built-in bookcases.
At the Season 7 premiere of Entourage held at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Adrian Grenier and his pals hit the red carpet in sexy and sophisticated style.
American Movie The mockumentary is like reality TV's sophisticated older cousin.
Yes, free software is a more sophisticated concept than many people think, and it is subject to a legally enforceable license of its own.
When you own an expensive, sophisticated four-wheel drive like the supercharged 2010 Range Rover Sport, you tend to coddle the thing.
This week I spent looking out for resources to help in my quest to come up with a better plan of action —more sophisticated and pointed than my usual.
In a 22,000-word cover story in issue 5.05, Wired called it "a model for the future of sophisticated networked systems".
The Michelin Man quilted jacket has been slimmed and reworked for a sophisticated outdoorsman look.
Sophisticated corporate and arts interiors are transforming Charlotte, North Carolina.
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In science:

The sophistication of the simplical foam is now upgraded to the same level as of the hyperrectangular one.
Upgrade of the Cellular General Purpose Monte Carlo Tool FOAM to version 2.06
In addition, we add a more sophisticated library of the random number generators with the universal interface.
Upgrade of the Cellular General Purpose Monte Carlo Tool FOAM to version 2.06
The rest of the proof requires more sophisticated arguments.
Geodesics and almost geodesic cycles in random regular graphs
Among other conclusions, our results indicate that the LM model describes the physics of our random laser better than the OM model, but the LM model needs more sophistication.
Spatial Extent of Random Laser Modes
For example, Semerjian and Cugliandolo utilized a sophisticated version of replica method and discussed the spectral density in connection with the percolation problem .
Spectral Density of Sparse Sample Covariance Matrices
In these cases, we compared the velocity for the calculations, which is less for the simple congruential, but faster when the congruential programs are more sophisticated, as the routine Ran4 in ref. .
Non-periodic pseudo-random numbers used in Monte Carlo calculations
The relevant framework is provided by Ostrogradski formalism for higher derivative theories and its sophisticated version for nonlocal ones.
Canonical formalism and quantization of perturbative sector of higher-derivative theories
These were deduced by Barlow using sophisticated arguments that involve isoperimetry, regular volume growth and comparison of graph-theoretical and Euclidean distances for the percolation cluster.
Functional CLT for random walk among bounded random conductances
Given the fact that until now it has proved impossible to find exact results, all kind of numerical techniques and solutions have been implemented, mostly with a high degree of sophistication.
Wang-Landau study of the critical behaviour of the bimodal 3D-Random Field Ising Model
More sophisticated techniques, taking into account correlations among discriminating variables, should be used in order to improve the S/B value.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
More sophisticated analysis needs guidance by the user, but this package provides the framework for just such additions.
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
A natural choice for the role of α is α = ∂ = d† . • Generally speaking, K (∂ ) is a non-local operator, worse than that, it depends in a sophisticated (and nearly uncontrollable) way on the structure of simplicial complex.
Higher Nilpotent Analogues of A-infinity Structure
The left column represents the first non-trivial case of n = 3, a little more sophisticated formulas for generic n are written in the right column.
Higher Nilpotent Analogues of A-infinity Structure
Though this approach is sophisticated, the main problem is the subjective judgement needed by the practitioner in selecting the threshold levels for the different tests.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
Therefore for achieving this goal the “sophisticated bivectors” are completely useless.
"Disproof of Bell's Theorem" : more critics
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