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Definition of pseudo

: being apparently rather than actually as stated : sham, spurious distinction between true and pseudo humanism— K. F. Reinhardt

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Examples of pseudo in a Sentence

Here at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, you have your heads of state, your foreign ministers, your titans of business, your intellectuals (pseudo and real)—but you also have Sharon Stone, Angelina Jolie, and Richard Gere. — Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 28 Feb. 2005 Freemasonry, intensely popular in the eighteenth century, had inherited from earlier pseudo Egyptology a fascination with pyramids and hieroglyphs, but it defanged the occult into something harmless enough to go on the back of the great seal of the sunny-side-up American republic. — Simon Schama, New Yorker, 8 Oct. 2001 … whoever is deceived by the pseudo activity under Mussolini is deceived by the spasmotic last jerk of a corpse. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, letter, 19 Apr. 1925 the pseudo friendliness of a salesperson trying to sell you something
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Recent Examples on the Web André Courrèges, Paco Rabanne, and Pierre Cardin imagined plastic garments, chainmail dresses, and pseudo space suits that brought their otherworldly curiosities down to earth. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 10 Apr. 2019 Colorado State may have lost Saturday’s pseudo league championship game at Nevada, but on Sunday the Rams cleaned up in the media’s all-conference awards. Sean Star, The Denver Post, "Colorado State’s Gian Clavell named Mountain West player of the year by media," 5 Mar. 2017 The best that CPUs can generate are pseudo-random numbers, churned out by running a seed number through a complex algorithm, then running the solution through the same operation over and over again. Jonathon Keats, WIRED, "Conjuring Truly Random Numbers Just Got Easier," 22 Aug. 2012

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First Known Use of pseudo

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pseudo

Middle English, from Late Latin pseudo-

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Cite this Entry

“Pseudo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pseudo

chiefly US : not real or genuine

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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