Fallacy

Definition of Fallacy

Fal´la`cy   Pronunciation: făl´lå`sŷ
n.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.

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