pseu·​do ˈsü-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce pseudo (audio)
: being apparently rather than actually as stated : sham, spurious
distinction between true and pseudo humanismK. F. Reinhardt

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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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin pseudo-

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pseudo was in the 15th century

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“Pseudo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


pseu·​do ˈsüd-ō How to pronounce pseudo (audio)
: not genuine : fake

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