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Examples of spurious in a Sentence
- One reiterated theme of his book is that the electoral process can be the most dangerous of delusions, tending to confer a spurious legitimacy on those most willing to corrupt it. —Hilary Mantel, New York Review, 21 Sept. 2006
- Of all the potentially spurious phrases regularly found lurking on book jackets, none should be approached with greater wariness than "This is his first novel." —Tony Early, New York Times Book Review, 30 Apr. 2000
- I have no special interest in defending modern finance theory, but I think it is important to get this straight, lest Soros's own ideas acquire spurious validity as a practical corrective to academic moonshine. —Robert M. Solow, New Republic, 12 Apr. 1999
a spurious Picasso painting that wouldn't have fooled an art expert for a second
claimed that the governor's election-year enthusiasm for conservation was spurious, since he had cut funding for state parks
Recent Examples of spurious from the Web
One of those suitors is apparently United, who the Spanish outlet, notorious in the media world for often spouting spurious stories, claim have put a 'scandalous' figure on the table.
Democracy at home is starved to seek a spurious democracy abroad.
To the contrary, courts are well-equipped to weed out spurious Establishment Clause ‘religions’ on grounds of common sense.
The two puffed joints together in clubs before Mayor Bloomberg’s smoking ban, complementing each other’s articles with the flatteringly spurious, chatty equivalent of air kisses.
Kim did say in December that his country had developed a hydrogen bomb but given his history of making spurious claims, the international community didn’t believe his threat was real.
In casting spurious aspersions about subversion at the highest level of the federal government, Johnson has earned comparisons to another, historically infamous Wisconsin senator.
China hopes France can at least hold a fair and level-headed stance, and not side with those spurious arguments.
The recklessly spurious Nunes memo is his last chance.
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Did You Know?
The classical Latin adjective spurius started out as a word meaning "illegitimate." In the days of ancient Rome, it was sometimes even used as a first name for illegitimate offspring (apparently with no dire effects). There was a certain Spurius Lucretius, for example, who was made temporary magistrate of Rome. In less tolerant times, 18th-century English writer Horace Walpole noted that Henry VII "came of the spurious stock of John of Gaunt." Today, we still use spurious to mean "illegitimate," but the more common meaning is "false" (a sense introduced to spurious in Late Latin). Originally our "false" sense emphasized improper origin, and it still often does ("a spurious signature"), but it can also simply mean "fake" or "not real."
SPURIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spurious for English Language Learners
: not genuine, sincere, or authentic
: based on false ideas or bad reasoning
medical Definition of spurious
- spurious labor pains
- spurious polycythemia
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