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Meaning of "sophist" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SOPHIST

From Latin sophista, from Greek sophistēs a wise man, from sophizesthai to act craftily.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SOPHIST

sophist  [ˈsɒfɪst] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SOPHIST

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sophist is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SOPHIST MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Sophist

A Sophist was a specific kind of teacher in both Ancient Greece and in the Roman Empire. Many sophists specialized in using the tools of philosophy and rhetoric, though other sophists taught subjects such as music, athletics, and mathematics. In general, they claimed to teach arete, predominantly to young statesmen and nobility. There are not many writings from and about the first sophists. The early sophists' practice of charging money for education and providing wisdom only to those who could pay, resulted in the condemnations made by Socrates through Plato in his Dialogues, as well as by Xenophon in Memorabilia,and Aristotle. Author of The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction James A. Herrick wrote, “In De Oratore, Cicero blames Plato for separating wisdom and eloquence in the philosopher’s famous attack on the Sophists in Gorgias.” The classical tradition of rhetoric and composition refers more to philosophers like Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian than to the sophists. Despite these criticisms, however, many sophists flourished in later periods, especially during the era of Roman history known as the Second Sophistic.

Definition of sophist in the English dictionary

The definition of sophist in the dictionary is one of the pre-Socratic philosophers who were itinerant professional teachers of oratory and argument and who were prepared to enter into debate on any matter however specious. Other definition of sophist is a person who uses clever or quibbling arguments that are fundamentally unsound.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SOPHIST


calligraphist
kəˈlɪɡrəfɪst
fist
fɪst
metallographist
ˌmɛtəˈlɒɡrəfɪst
monographist
mɒˈnɒɡrəfɪst
organographist
ˌɔːɡəˈnɒɡrəfɪst
orthographist
ɔːˈθɒɡrəfɪst
pacifist
ˈpæsɪfɪst
pansophist
pænˈsɒfɪst
paragraphist
ˈpærəˌɡrɑːfɪst
philosophist
fɪˈlɒsəfɪst
phonographist
fəʊˈnɒɡrəˌfɪst
photographist
fəˈtɒɡrəfɪst
pinchfist
ˈpɪntʃˌfɪst
puckfist
ˈpʌkˌfɪst
selenographist
ˌsiːlɪˈnɒɡrəfɪst
stenographist
steˈnɒɡrəfɪst
telegraphist
tɪˈlɛɡrəfɪst
theosophist
θɪˈɒsəfɪst
unbeneficed
ʌnˈbɛnɪfɪst
unsurfaced
ʌnˈsɜːfɪst

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SOPHIST

sopheric
sopherim
Sophi
Sophia
sophism
sophister
sophistic
sophistical
sophistically
sophisticate
sophisticated
sophisticatedly
sophistication
sophisticator
sophistries
sophistry
Sophoclean
Sophocles
sophomore
sophomoric

WORDS THAT END LIKE SOPHIST

anthroposophist
catastrophist
cerographist
chalcographist
cosmographist
deipnosophist
demographist
epigraphist
epitaphist
gymnosophist
hagiographist
hieroglyphist
hist
metamorphist
myographist
palaeographist
polygraphist
sapphist
stratigraphist
tachygraphist
uranographist

Synonyms and antonyms of sophist in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «sophist» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SOPHIST

Find out the translation of sophist to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sophist from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sophist» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

京东
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sofista
570 millions of speakers

English

sophist
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

हेतुवादी
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

السفسطائي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

софист
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sofista
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

তার্কিক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sophiste
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sophist
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Sophist
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ソフィスト
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

소피스트
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sophist
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

người ngụy biện
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விடயம்தெரிந்தவர் வாதிடும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सुप्रसिद्ध
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sofist
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sofista
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

sophist
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

софіст
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

sofist
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

σοφιστής
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

sophist
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

sophist
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

sofist
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sophist

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SOPHIST»

The term «sophist» is normally little used and occupies the 114.944 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SOPHIST» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sophist

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SOPHIST»

Discover the use of sophist in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sophist and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Plato's Sophist
This volume reconstructs Martin Heidegger's lecture course at the University of Marburg in the winter semester of 1924-25, which was devoted to an interpretation of Plato and Aristotle.
Martin Heidegger, 2003
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Sophist
A fluent and accurate new translation of the dialogue that, all of Plato's works, has seemed to speak most directly to the interests of contemporary analytical philosophers.
Plato, Nicholas P. White, 1993
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The Unity of Plato's Sophist: Between the Sophist and the ...
An interesting interpretation of Plato's dialogue the Sophist.
Noburu Notomi, 1999
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Gorgias, Sophist and Artist
Consigny (English, Iowa State U.) articulates a coherent account of the enigmatic thinker and writer.
Scott Porter Consigny, 2001
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Antiphon the Sophist: The Fragments
Complete edition, including a translation, of all the evidence for this philosophical contemporary of Socrates.
Antiphon, Gerard J. Pendrick, 2002
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Apuleius: A Latin Sophist
This book is a response to the literary pleasures and scholarly problems of reading the texts of Apuleius, most famous for his novel Metamorphoses or Golden Ass.
S. J. Harrison, 2004
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The Being of the Beautiful: Plato's Theaetetus, Sophist, and ...
The Being of the Beautiful collects Plato’s three dialogues, the Theaetetus, Sophist, and Statesmen, in which Socrates formulates his conception of philosophy while preparing for trial.
Plato, 2008
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Sage, Saint and Sophist: Holy Men and Their Associates in ...
Sage, Saint and Sophist examines the variety of services, real or imaginary, that these colouful figures had to offer and how they maintained their credibility to become the objects of successful religious cults.
Graham Anderson, 2014
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Image and paradigm in Plato's Sophist
Offers an interpretation of the ancient dialogue The Sophist that highlights its subtleties and provides a new translation intended to clarify that interpretation and to overcome barriers that prevent modern readers from grasping the piece ...
David Ambuel, Plato, 2007
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Plato's "Sophist" Revisited
This book consists of a selection of papers which throw new light on old problems in one of Plato’s most difficult dialogues. The first set of papers deals with definitions of sophistry from different perspectives (T.
Beatriz Bossi, Thomas M. Robinson, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SOPHIST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sophist is used in the context of the following news items.
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Shaming South Carolina to Remove the Confederate Flag
My own brief experience in receiving a legal education left me feeling cold, as though law were the tool of sophists (and may the better sophist win). «Big Think, Jun 15»
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The Supreme Court's Willingness to Embrace Irrationality Should …
... best- or worst-case scenario, the Supreme Court is fully embracing as its core principle — at least with respect to marriage and the family — the sophist maxim: ... «National Catholic Register, Jun 15»
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Wissen-for-Free: SOPHIST GmbH bietet Broschüren mit …
Die Fachpublikationen, deren Palette ständig weiter ausgebaut wird, bietet die SOPHIST GmbH auf ihrer Homepage in der Rubrik "Wissen-for-Free" gratis an. «Pressrelations, Feb 15»
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Requirements-Engineering und Agilität – die SOPHIST DAYS 2015 …
Wer sich für Agilität, Requirements-Engineering-Methoden und Anforderungsmanagement interessiert, ist hier genau richtig: Am 20. und 21. Oktober 2015 ist es ... «Informatik Aktuell, Feb 15»
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Christine Flowers: Christianity has come a long way Mr. President
... but to try and make 21st-century jihadism synonymous with acts that occurred hundreds, if not millennia ago is the sign of an annoying, clueless sophist. «The Delaware County Daily Times, Feb 15»
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Letter: Barack Obama's an 'amazing failure'
Good looking, apparently articulate (in reality, a sophist) and ambitious. The media did not vet him or question his inadequacy. All they cared about was that he ... «Holland Sentinel, Feb 15»
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The Social and Psychological Roots of Machiavellian Thinking and …
"For as we have said, the art of the sophist is a money-making art which trades on apparent wisdom, and so sophists aim at apparent proof, for sophistry is an ... «OpEdNews, Jan 15»
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Final Four Showdown: (6) Kirkwood Vs. (2) Reynoldstown
Aww come on Sophist. No need get ugly. This is a fun neighborly competition that should be rising up neighborhood pride. We in Reynoldstown have been ... «Curbed National, Dec 14»
9
Vince Lombardi Coached The Sophist Philosophy
Vince Lombardi beams after a victory. His sophist coaching philosophy pushed the struggling Packers to become the best in the nation. Photo by Robert ... «Football.com, Dec 14»
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This is your brain on outrage: How political rhetoric is making us crazy
Around the time of Socrates's career as public gadfly, a new profession emerged: The Sophists were self-described “professional educators who toured the ... «Salon, Nov 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Sophist [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/sophist>. Oct 2019 ».
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