sophist: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sof'ist), [key]
- (often cap.)
- any of a class of professional teachers in ancient Greece who gave instruction in various fields, as in general culture, rhetoric, politics, or disputation.
- a person belonging to this class at a later period who, while professing to teach skill in reasoning, concerned himself with ingenuity and specious effectiveness rather than soundness of argument.
- a person who reasons adroitly and speciously rather than soundly.
- a philosopher.
- sophist (Thesaurus)