pseudo

adjective pseu·do \ ˈsü-(ˌ)dō \

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

  1. 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 NordlingerNational Review28 Feb. 2005
  2. 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 SchamaNew Yorker8 Oct. 2001
  3. … whoever is deceived by the pseudo activity under Mussolini is deceived by the spasmotic last jerk of a corpse. —F. Scott Fitzgeraldletter19 Apr. 1925
  4. the pseudo friendliness of a salesperson trying to sell you something

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Origin and Etymology of pseudo

Middle English, from Late Latin pseudo-


PSEUDO Defined for English Language Learners

pseudo

adjective

Definition of pseudo for English Language Learners

  • : not real or genuine


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