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spurious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of spurious

  1. 1 being such in appearance only and made or manufactured with the intention of committing fraud <a spurious Picasso painting that wouldn't have fooled an art expert for a second> Synonyms bogus, fake, false, forged, inauthentic, phony (also phoney), queer, sham, snide, counterfeit, unauthenticRelated Words artificial, factitious, imitation, man-made, mimic, mock, simulated, substitute, synthetic; dummy, nonfunctioning, ornamental; cultured, fabricated, manufactured; deceptive, delusive, misleadingNear Antonyms natural; actual, true, validAntonyms authentic, bona fide, genuine, real, unfaked

  2. 2 lacking in natural or spontaneous quality <claimed that the governor's election-year enthusiasm for conservation was spurious, since he had cut funding for state parks> Synonyms affected, assumed, bogus, contrived, factitious, fake, false, feigned, forced, mechanical, mock, phony (also phoney), plastic, pretended, pseudo, put-on, sham, simulated, artificial, strained, unnaturalRelated Words automatic, canned, concocted, fabricated, hokey, labored, manufactured, pat, unauthentic, unreal, unrealistic; double-dealing, empty, facile, hollow, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, two-faced, unctuous; exaggerated, histrionic, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, theatrical (also theatric); cute, cutesy, genteel, goody-goody, mincing, overrefined, simpering; conventional, formal, impersonal, inflexible, rigid, stiff, stylized, wooden; artful, calculated, conscious, cultivated, deliberate, premeditated, studiedNear Antonyms authentic, bona fide, real, realistic, right, true; honest, ingenuous, sincere, unpretending; easy, effortless, smooth; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, unconscious, unprompted, unrehearsed, unstudiedAntonyms artless, genuine, natural, spontaneous, unaffected, uncontrived, unfeigned, unforced

  3. 3 born to a father and mother who are not married <the spurious son of Charles II, the Duke of Monmouth would later mount a rebellion in a disastrous attempt to claim the throne> Synonyms baseborn, bastard, misbegotten, natural, illegitimate, supposititious, unfatheredRelated Words fatherless, motherless; nameless; adopted, orphanedAntonyms legitimate





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