Etymology: Greek: "pursuer of wisdom"
- One of a class of men who taught eloquence, philosophy, and politics in ancient Greece; especially, one of those who, by their fallacious but plausible reasoning, puzzled inquirers after truth, weakened the faith of the people, and drew upon themselves general hatred and contempt.
- Hence, an impostor in argument; a captious or fallacious reasoner.
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