sophist means: Although he claimed to be able to explain reasoning skills, he was more concerned with his own ingenuity, specious effectiveness, and not soundness of argument. Plato later described them as “simple manipulators” of rhetoric and dialectic. (in Community Dictionary, added by Brittany Gay)

What else does sophist mean?

  • A skilled at deceitful and elaborate argumentation. (in AZ Dictionary)
  • An academic or thinker. (in AZ Dictionary)
  • A group of fifth-century BC Greek professional philosophers and teachers that speculated on metaphysics and theology. Later, Plato described them as superficial manipulators and dialectic. (in AZ Dictionary)