Fallacious to Falsification
(Fal*la"cious) a. [L. fallaciosus, fr. fallacia: cf. F. fallacieux. See Fallacy.] Embodying or
pertaining to a fallacy; illogical; fitted to deceive; misleading; delusive; as, fallacious arguments or reasoning.
Fal*la"cious*ly, adv. - Fal*la"cious*ness, n.
(Fal"la*cy) n.; pl. Fallacies (- siz). [OE. fallace, fallas, deception, F. fallace, fr. L. fallacia, fr.
fallax deceitful, deceptive, fr. fallere to deceive. See Fail.]
1. Deceptive or false appearance; deceitfulness; that which misleads the eye or the mind; deception.
Winning by conquest what the first man lost,Milton.
By fallacy surprised.
2. (Logic) An argument, or apparent argument, which professes to be decisive of the matter at issue,
while in reality it is not; a sophism.
Syn. Deception; deceit; mistake. Fallacy, Sophistry. A fallacy is an argument which professes
to be decisive, but in reality is not; sophistry is also false reasoning, but of so specious and subtle a
kind as to render it difficult to expose its fallacy. Many fallacies are obvious, but the evil of sophistry
lies in its consummate art. "Men are apt to suffer their minds to be misled by fallacies which gratify
their passions. Many persons have obscured and confounded the nature of things by their wretched
sophistry; though an act be never so sinful, they will strip it of its guilt." South.
(Fal"-lals`) n. pl. Gay ornaments; frippery; gewgaws. [Colloq.] Thackeray.
(Fal"lax) n. [L. fallax deceptive. See Fallacy.] Cavillation; a caviling. [Obs.] Cranmer.
(Fall"en) a. Dropped; prostrate; degraded; ruined; decreased; dead.
Some ruined temple or fallen monument.Rogers.
(Fal"len*cy) n. [LL. fallentia, L. fallens p. pr of fallere.] An exception. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
1. One who, or that which, falls.
2. (Mach.) A part which acts by falling, as a stamp in a fulling mill, or the device in a spinning machine
to arrest motion when a thread breaks.
(Fall"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) A fresh-water fish of the United States (Semotilus bullaris); called also
silver chub, and Shiner. The name is also applied to other allied species.
(Fal`li*bil"i*ty) n. The state of being fallible; liability to deceive or to be deceived; as, the fallibity
of an argument or of an adviser.
(Fal"li*ble) a. [LL. fallibilis, fr. L. fallere to deceive: cf. F. faillible. See Fail.] Liable to fail,
mistake, or err; liable to deceive or to be deceived; as, all men are fallible; our opinions and hopes are
(Fal"li*bly), adv. In a fallible manner.
Falling away, Falling off, etc. See To fall away, To fall off, etc., under Fall, v. i. Falling band,
the plain, broad, linen collar turning down over the doublet, worn in the early part of the 17th century.
Falling sickness (Med.), epilepsy. Shak. Falling star. (Astron.) See Shooting star. Falling
(Fall"ing) a. & n. from Fall, v. i.