spurious

  • 1 Spurious — can refer to:tatistics* Spurious correlation or spurious relationshipRadio engineering* Spurious emissionCryptography* Spurious keyLiterature* Spurious quotationComputing* Spurious interrupt * Spurious wakeup …

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  • 2 Spurious — Spu ri*ous (sp[=u] r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.] 1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster] 2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. Her spurious… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 spurious — I adjective apocryphal, artificial, bogus, counterfeit, deceitful, deceptive, delusive, ersatz, fabricated, fake, faked, false, feigned, fictitious, forged, fraudulent, illegitimate, imitation, misrepresented, mock, pinchbeck, pretend, pseudo,… …

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  • 4 spurious — 1590s, born out of wedlock, from L. spurius illegitimate, false (Cf. It. spurio, Sp. espurio), from spurius (n.) illegitimate child, probably from Etruscan spural public. Sense of having an irregular origin, not properly constituted is from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 spurious — *counterfeit, bogus, fake, sham, pseudo, pinchbeck, phony Analogous words: *false: simulated, feigned, shammed (see ASSUME): supposititious, reputed, putative (see SUPPOSED) Antonyms: genuine Contrasted words: *authentic, veritable, bona fide:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 spurious — [adj] counterfeit, fake affected, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, bastard*, bent, bogus, bum, contrived, deceitful, deceptive, dummy*, ersatz, faked, false, feigned, forged, framed, illegitimate, imitation, makebelieve, mock, phony, pirate,… …

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  • 7 spurious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) false or fake. 2) (of a line of reasoning) apparently but not actually valid. DERIVATIVES spuriously adverb spuriousness noun. ORIGIN Latin spurius false …

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  • 8 spurious — [spyoor′ē əs, spʉr′ē əs] adj. [L spurius, illegitimate (in LL, false), orig., a bastard < Etr] 1. Now Rare illegitimate; bastard 2. not true or genuine; false; counterfeit 3. Bot. like in appearance but unlike in structure or function 4. Radio …

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  • 9 spurious — [[t]spjʊ͟əriəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) Something that is spurious seems to be genuine, but is false. He was arrested in 1979 on spurious corruption charges... Quite a lot of allegations of misjustice are spurious. Syn: bogus,… …

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  • 10 spurious — adjective an attempt to be excused due to some spurious medical condition Syn: bogus, fake, false, counterfeit, forged, fraudulent, sham, artificial, imitation, simulated, feigned, deceptive, misleading, specious; informal phony, pretend Ant …

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  • 11 spurious — adjective Etymology: Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin spurius false, from Latin, of illegitimate birth, from spurius, noun, bastard Date: 1598 1. of illegitimate birth ; bastard 2. outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its… …

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  • 12 spurious — spu|ri|ous [ˈspjuəriəs US ˈspjur ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: spurius, from Latin (noun), child of unmarried parents ] 1.) a spurious statement, argument etc is not based on facts or good thinking and is likely to be incorrect ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 spurious — spu|ri|ous [ spjuriəs ] adjective 1. ) something such as a statement that is spurious is not reasonable or correct because it is not based on true facts or a sensible way of thinking: a spurious claim/comparison 2. ) not real or sincere: spurious …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 spurious —    illegitimate    From the days when birth other than to married parents was viewed differently.    Literally, it meant not real, although the resultant human beings certainly existed:     He would not have spurious children to get any share of… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 15 spurious — adjective 1 a spurious statement, argument etc, is not based on facts or good reasoning and is likely to be incorrect: a cosy and entirely spurious view of family life 2 insincere: spurious sympathy spuriously adverb spuriousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 spurious — UK [ˈspjʊərɪəs] / US [ˈspjʊrɪəs] adjective formal 1) something such as a statement that is spurious is not reasonable or correct because it is not based on true facts or a sensible way of thinking a spurious claim/comparison 2) not real or… …

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  • 17 spurious — specious, spurious Specious, like the Latin word speciosus from which it is derived, began its life meaning ‘having a fine outward appearance’ (from Latin species ‘outward form’), but in the 17c acquired the unfavourable connotations that now… …

    Modern English usage

  • 18 spurious — False; not genuine. [L. spurius] * * * spu·ri·ous spyu̇r ē əs adj simulating a symptom or condition without being pathologically or morphologically genuine <spurious labor pains> <spurious polycythemia> * * * spu·ri·ous (spuґre… …

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  • 19 spurious — adj. Spurious is used with these nouns: ↑allegation, ↑argument …

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  • 20 spurious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. false, counterfeit, sham, specious; bastard, illegitimate. See deception, error, falsehood. Ant., accurate, true. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. counterfeit, apocryphal, deceptive; see artificial 1 ,… …

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