Definition of

Casuist

  1. (noun, person) someone whose reasoning is subtle and often specious

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Synonyms of Casuist

sophist

Alternate forms of Casuist

Derivations: casuistical, casuistry

Hypernyms: ratiocinator, reasoner

Origin of the word Casuist

  1. 1609, "one who studies and resolves cases of conscience," from Fr. casuiste, from L. casus (see case (1)). Often in a sinister or contemptuous sense. Casuistry is first attested 1725.
    "Casuistry ... destroys, by distinctions and exceptions, all morality, and effaces the essential difference between right and wrong." [Bolingbroke, 1736]
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