Although ‘fallacious’ is a common word and many people have heard of it, many people don’t know what it truly means. It is especially worthy of use in today’s negative society and could be used even more than it currently is.
This word has been in use since at least the 1470’s and it comes from the Latin word, “fallere”, which means “to deceive”.
Fallacious means to deceive, to be misleading, or based on false reasoning.
It is difficult to watch or read the news anymore without seeing news stories that are fallacious. People who aren’t aware that the media is being fallacious often fall for this tactic, which ultimately sells the news.
For instance, the media has worked hard to get people to believe that the National Rifle Association is a huge lobbying group that doesn’t care if people get shot and killed, and that doesn’t want people to be educated about guns. All of this is demonstrably fallacious. The NRA is privately funded by citizens who are members, they aren’t a huge lobbying group, they care a great deal about lives, and their original purpose was to teach people about guns and gun safety. They teach many thousands of police, military personnel, and citizens the proper, safe use of firearms every year, so the point the media tries to make is fallacious.
There are so many other examples of fallacious statements and reasoning that it is staggering. People who aren’t aware that the statements are fallacious are often duped into believing them.
Fallacious has the same origin and meaning as ‘fallacy’. However, ‘fallacy’ is normally used as a noun while ‘fallacious’ is used as an adjective.