Ethical Principles!

I originally encountered this word in The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily LIterate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Then when I attempted to find an example of its use in a sentence, I found this use in The Encyclopaedia Britannica: Latest Edition. A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General Literature, Volume 18: “It is only under the head of casuistry that ethics has been much cultivated as a separate science.”

casuistry

\ kazh-oo-uh-stree \, noun;

1.  specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, especially in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry.
2. the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct.
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