sophist [säf′ist]
[L sophista < Gr sophistēs, wise man: see SOPHISM]
1. [often S-] in ancient Greece, any of a group of teachers of rhetoric, politics, philosophy, etc., some of whom were notorious for their clever, specious arguments
2. any person practicing clever, specious reasoning

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