adjective spu·ri·ous \ˈspyr-ē-əs\

: not genuine, sincere, or authentic

: based on false ideas or bad reasoning

Full Definition of SPURIOUS

:  of illegitimate birth :  bastard
:  outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities :  false <the spurious eminence of the pop celebrity>
a :  of falsified or erroneously attributed origin :  forged
b :  of a deceitful nature or quality <spurious excuses>
spu·ri·ous·ly adverb
spu·ri·ous·ness noun

Examples of SPURIOUS

  1. <a spurious Picasso painting that wouldn't have fooled an art expert for a second>
  2. <claimed that the governor's election-year enthusiasm for conservation was spurious, since he had cut funding for state parks>
  3. One reiterated theme of his book is that the electoral process can be the most dangerous of delusions, tending to confer a spurious legitimacy on those most willing to corrupt it. —Hilary Mantel, New York Review, 21 Sept. 2006

Origin of SPURIOUS

Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin spurius false, from Latin, of illegitimate birth, from spurius, noun, bastard
First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with SPURIOUS

Medical Dictionary


adjective spu·ri·ous \ˈspyr-ē-əs\

Medical Definition of SPURIOUS

:  simulating a symptom or condition without being pathologically or morphologically genuine <spurious labor pains> <spurious polycythemia>


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