Meaning of paralogism in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈralədʒɪz(ə)m/


  • A piece of illogical or fallacious reasoning, especially one which appears superficially logical or which the reasoner believes to be logical.

    ‘In logic, a line of reasoning (also known as a paralogism) may seem valid but is not.’
    • ‘Those who seemed most impatient of barbarisms, solecisms, and paralogisms in a sermon, seemed to easily tolerate them in their life and conversation.’
    fallacious argument, sophism, fallacy, quibble


Mid 16th century from French paralogisme, via late Latin from Greek paralogismos, from paralogizesthai ‘reason falsely’.