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Fallacy meaning

fallacy - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. Deceptive or false appearance; deceitfulness; that which misleads the eye or the mind; deception.
  2. 2. An argument, or apparent argument, which professes to be decisive of the matter at issue, while in reality it is not; a sophism.
  3. 3. Deceptive appearance; sophistry.

fallacy - examples of usage

  1. He is not the only example of an extravagant estimate being put upon the possible product of land: it is a fallacy that has been fondly believed in by more logical minds than the poor cottager. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. There is no foundation for this impression, and it would be a great comfort to many people who are now and then bitten by animals if the fallacy of this idea were known. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. She soothed herself with the idea that a little while would suffice to convince Don Ambrosio of the fallacy of his hopes, and that he would be induced to restore her to her home. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
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