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cas·u·ist·ry

casuistry

 
pronunciation:
kae zhu ih stri
part of speech: noun
inflections: casuistries
definition 1: the application of general ethical principles in determining right and wrong in particular cases.
similar words:
ethics, morals
definition 2: the fallacious, misleading, or dishonest application of such principles; sophistry.
synonyms:
sophism, sophistry, speciousness
similar words:
duplicity