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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 The sexiest bells and whistles on the Watch are the pseudo-medical devices. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "First Look: Apple’s New Fitness+ Streaming Workouts," 14 Dec. 2020 Progressive statistics guru Nate Silver had for weeks issued pseudo-scientific analyses of a Trump wipeout. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Disinformationists," 5 Nov. 2020 And residents in some communities say they are alarmed by the rising profile of armed gatherings, provoking memories of the pseudo-military groups that spread violence in Charlottesville during 2017’s deadly Unite the Right rally. Washington Post, "In Virginia, fight against gun control gives rise to armed militias," 31 Oct. 2020 Democratic-republicanism ensures that the people and their representatives, instead of pseudo-scientific technocrats, make decisions. Andy Smarick, National Review, "In Defense of Proceduralism," 17 Sep. 2020 Other recent polls have indicated that public belief in things like conspiracy theories or other pseudo-scientific phenomena are equally prevalent. Sander Van Der Linden, Scientific American, "How Come Some People Believe in the Paranormal?," 1 Sep. 2015 But for Global Citizen, the pared-down, acoustic performance for TV was so pseudo-folky that Jagger’s lyrical tendency to seldom look beyond himself indicated that the Left can use the song only disingenuously and petulantly. Armond White, National Review, "The Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ — Redefined," 22 Apr. 2020 Nurses and home care workers in Ohio need facemasks, not pseudo-campaign flyer postcards. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Trump-branded coronavirus government mailing spurs criticism," 27 Mar. 2020 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

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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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23 Dec 2020

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“Pseudo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pseudo

chiefly US : not real or genuine

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