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fallacy

Definition:

a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Related to:

fallacious

Plural:

fallacies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

false belief

Etymology:

"deception, false statement", from Latin fallacia "deception", noun of quality...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Fallacy

an argument that uses poor reasoning. An argument can be fallacious whether or not its conclusion is true. A fallacy can be either formal or informal. An error that stems from a poor logical form is sometimes called a formal fallacy or simply an... (44 of 2937 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Fallacy

Fallacy (disambiguation) | logical fallacy

may refer to: Formal fallacy | Informal fallacy | Mathematical fallacy | List of fallacies | All pages with titles containing "Fallacy" | All pages with titles containing "Fallacious" (24 of 72 words, 6 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

fallacy [logic]

in logic, erroneous reasoning that has the appearance of soundness. Correct and defective argument forms Table Of Contents In logic an argument ... (22 of 1261 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/200836​/fallacy

Collins Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

an incorrect or misleading notion or opinion based on inaccurate facts or invalid reasoning | unsound or invalid reasoning | the tendency to mislead | ... (22 of 468 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fallacy

Merriam-Webster:

fallacy | fallacies [plural] | deception [synonym, sense-specific] | erroneousness [synonym, sense-specific] | guile [synonym, sense-specific] | trickery [synonym, sense-specific] | delusion [synonym, sense-specific] | error [synonym, sense-specific] | falsehood [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] "guile", "trickery" ; deceptive appearance; "deception" | a false or mistaken idea ; erroneous character; "erroneousness" | an often ... (18 of 156 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fallacy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

fallacy

in logic, a term used to characterize an invalid argument. Strictly speaking, it refers only to the transition from a set of premises to a conclusion, ... (26 of 136 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound arguments | [logic] : a failure in reasoning which renders an argument invalid | faulty reasoning (22 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fallacy

New World Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

[obsolete] deception | aptness to mislead; deceptive or delusive quality | a false or mistaken idea, opinion, etc.; error | an error in reasoning; ... (21 of 74 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural] | deception [obsolete, synonym, sense-specific]

a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.. | a misleading or unsound argument. | deceptive, misleading, or false nature; erroneousness. | ... (19 of 56 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/fallacy

American Heritage Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

A false notion. | A statement or an argument based on a false or invalid inference. | Incorrectness of reasoning or belief; erroneousness. | The ... (22 of 52 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

[countable] an idea or belief that is false but that many people think is true | [countable/uncountable, formal] a mistake in an argument or idea that ... (25 of 51 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fallacy

Wiktionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural] | deceitfulness [synonym, sense-specific] | deception [synonym, sense-specific]

Deceptive or false appearance; deceitfulness; that which misleads the eye or the mind; deception. | [logic] An argument, or apparent argument, which professes to be decisive of the matter at issue, while in reality it's not. A specious argument. (38 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

fallacy [formal]

an idea that a lot of people think is true but which is false (14 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fallacy

Encarta Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

something that is believed to be true but is erroneous | an argument or reasoning in which the conclusion does not follow from the premises | a ... (25 of 79 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610334​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

fallacy

First use: late 15th century

Origin: "deception, false statement", from Latin fallacia "deception", noun of quality from fallax (genitive fallacis) "deceptive", from ... (19 of 39 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=fallacy

Oxford Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

First use: late 15th century

Origin: (in the sense "deception, guile"; gradually superseding Middle English fallace): from Latin fallacia, from fallax, fallac- ... (19 of 23 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fallacy

New World Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Origin: Middle English fallace from Old French from Latin fallacia, deception, artifice from fallax (generally fallacis), ... (15 of 22 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Origin: Alteration of Middle English fallace, from Old French, from Latin fallācia, deceit, from fallāx, fallāc-, deceitful, from fallere, to deceive.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fallacy

Wiktionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French fallace, from Latin fallacia ("deception, deceit"), from fallax ("deceptive, deceitful"), from fallere ("to deceive").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fallacy

Collins Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Latin fallācia, from fallax deceitful, from fallere to deceive

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fallacy

Merriam-Webster:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin fallacia, from fallac-, fallax deceitful, from fallere to deceive

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fallacy

Encarta Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Old French from Latin fallacia "deception" from fallere "deceive"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610334​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fallacy"

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Collins Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fallacy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fallacy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fallacy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/fallacy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fallacy"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

fallacy [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "fallacy"

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the Free Dictionary:

fallacy

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Google Dictionary:

fallacy | fallacies [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "fallacy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fallacy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fallacy"

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YourDictionary Audio:

fallacy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fallacy" by speech synthesizer

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