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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

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 Utes will host Cal on Sunday at the Huntsman Center, before tackling an intriguing non-conference opportunity Wednesday vs. TCU on a pseudo-neutral floor at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Dec. 2021 Evidently, Fisher had moved on: the fibreglass ribs of a pseudo-Gothic pavilion were scattered on the grass near the swimming pool, awaiting construction. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 But given time, dark fantasy came to describe novels set in a pseudo-mythological past that was, for all intents and purposes, godless. Nicholas Pompella, National Review, 7 Aug. 2021 Rather than trying to avoid a recession by keeping things running in a pseudo-normal manner and thereby accelerating the spread of coronavirus, the Trump administration should take the bitter medicine now of pushing for self-quarantines. Bill George, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2020 The pseudo-scientific formula that explains most human bonding is basically time + affection + togetherness = relationship. Belinda Luscombe, Time, 6 July 2021 Police officers apprehend them unharmed and the mainstream media rushes to humanize them with pseudo-psychological analysis of a white male who is a troubled loner and victim of his own impulses. Malika Redmond, Essence, 10 June 2021 Sadly, the good intentions of many policy proposals are undermined by pseudo-scientific requirements. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The downstairs display creates a modest, pseudo-domestic encounter, with a sofa, a couple of chairs, dim lighting and low ceilings. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 1 May 2021

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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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12 Dec 2021

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“Pseudo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pseudo

: not real or genuine : fake

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