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Meaning of FALLACY

Pronunciation:  'falusee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

FALLACY is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: false belief
 See Also: logical fallacy, misconception, paralogism, pathetic fallacy, pseudoscience, sophism, sophistication, sophistry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Fal"la*cy\, n.; pl. {Fallacies}. [OE. fallace, fallas,
deception, F. fallace, fr. L. fallacia, fr. fallax deceitful,
deceptive, fr. fallere to deceive. See {Fail}.]
1. Deceptive or false appearance; deceitfulness; that which
   misleads the eye or the mind; deception.

         Winning by conquest what the first man lost, By
         fallacy surprised.                    --Milton.

2. (Logic) An argument, or apparent argument, which professes
   to be decisive of the matter at issue, while in reality it
   is not; a sophism.

Syn: Deception; deceit; mistake.

Usage: {Fallacy}, {Sophistry}. A fallacy is an argument which
       professes to be decisive, but in reality is not;
       sophistry is also false reasoning, but of so specious
       and subtle a kind as to render it difficult to expose
       its fallacy. Many fallacies are obvious, but the evil
       of sophistry lies in its consummate art. ``Men are apt
       to suffer their minds to be misled by fallacies which
       gratify their passions. Many persons have obscured and
       confounded the nature of things by their wretched
       sophistry; though an act be never so sinful, they will
       strip it of its guilt.'' --South.

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