n. argument for exercise merely; plausible but misleading argument; art or process of reasoning; logic
Instead of advancing valid arguments, he tried to overwhelm his audience with a sophistry.
Sentence in Classic:
It seemed to him that he had clearly expressed his thoughts and feelings to the best of his capacity, and yet both of them, straightforward men and not fools, had said with one voice that he was comforting himself with sophistries.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context