Saturday, July 14, 2012

Word of the Day: Casuistry

I was having a bi*** of a time trying to remember this word.  The desire to have it at hand has been recurring at least once a week for many months.  Google has been no help until today when I finally found it via Thesaurus.com.

They define it as "overgeneral reasoning," by the way.  I swear I looked for it there before under every synonym on that list.  Today I found it under 'equivocation'.  I probably looked for it under 'equivocate'; there may not be a verb form.  I know I looked for it under 'sophistry' and 'sophism'.

I don't like what The Free Dictionary and Thesaurus.com have become.

4 comments:

T. F. Stern said...

That one word may define how the Supreme Court is able to determine each and every ruling.

T. F. Stern said...

I used your "word" in an article as a way of honoring you my friend.

http://tfsternsrantings.blogspot.com/2012/07/warrantless-searches-and-4th-amendment.html

Al said...

Hey, thank you! I appreciate that. I'll go check that out.

Asterisk said...

Wikipedia is a better source; it accurately describes casuistry as case-based reasoning, which is the very basis of common-law jurisprudence, and the antithesis of "overgeneral" reasoning.