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A person who, while professing to teach skill in reasoning, concerned himself with ingenuity and specious effectiveness rather than soundness of argument. Later characterized by Plato as superficial manipulators of rhetoric and dialectic.
Jima seems to think that simply winning is more important than being right. It should come as no surprise, then, that his arguments are those of a sophist.
by SquarePegIX November 10, 2007

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Someone who disregards the truth in favor of looking smart.
Hillary Clinton is a sophist because she went to law school and didn't become a lawyer.
by Ereck Flowers October 11, 2016

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A bullshitting word that means bullshitter.
"Donald Trump, sophist?" = "Donald Trump, bullshitter?" (Huffington Post)
"President Obama's speech Thursday night was a pathetic, shallow, sophistic excuse for a serious conversation with the American people." = "President Obama's speech Thursday night was a pathetic, shallow, bullshit excuse for a serious conversation with the American people." (CNN)
"Thrasymachus, a cynical Sophist, insists that justice has no intrinsic meaning" = "Thrasymachus, a cynical bullshitter, insists that justice has no intrinsic meaning" (New York Times)
by Calculating Nut February 10, 2017

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