Sunday, April 26, 2009

word a day#16

fallacy |ˈfaləsē|noun ( pl. -cies)a mistaken belief, esp. one based on unsound argument : the notion that the camera never lies is a fallacy.Logic a failure in reasoning that renders an argument invalid.faulty reasoning; misleading or unsound argument : the potential for fallacy which lies behind the notion of self-esteem.DERIVATIVESfallacious |fəˈlā sh əs| |fəˈleɪʃəs| |fəˈleɪʃəs| adjectivefallaciously |fəˈlā sh əslē| |fəˈleɪʃəsli| |fəˈleɪʃəsli| adverbfallaciousness |fəˈlā sh əsnəs| |fəˈleɪʃəsnəs| |fəˈleɪʃəsnɪs| nounORIGIN late 15th cent. (in the sense [deception, guile] ; gradually superseding Middle English fallace): from Latin fallacia, from fallax, fallac- ‘deceiving,’ from fallere‘deceive.’

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