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fal·la·cy [fal-uh-see]
noun, plural fal·la·cies.

1. a misleading belief or notion, especially one based on an unsound argument.
2. deceptive or misleading.
3. Logic:
     a. a misleading or unsound argument as a result of faulty or erroneous reasoning.
     b. a fault in reasoning that renders an argument invalid.
4. Obsolete. deception.

Origin

1350-1400; < Latin fallācia a trick, deceit, equivalent to fallāc- (stem of fallāx) deceitful, fallacious + -ia -y3; replacing Middle English fallace < Middle French

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