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 Sop.Sophi or Safi [mystic], 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A student at Cambridge is a Freshman for the first term, a Junior Soph for the second year, and a Senior Soph for the third year. The word Soph is a contraction of “sophister,” which is the Greek and Latin sophists (a sophist). At one time these students had to maintain a given question in the schools by opposing the orthodox view of it. These opponencies are now limited to Law and Divinity degrees.   1

 Sop.Sophi or Safi [mystic], 


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