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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
After some spurious claims about cell phones causing the problem, researchers began identifying factors that did create problems for the health of bees, including infections, insecticides, and agricultural practices.
Beijing says much of the South China Sea is its sovereign territory, claims most of the internationally community view as spurious.
In fact, his only serious opponent, Mr Navalny, was barred from taking part in the election in March, on spurious grounds.
The opposition to Obama was primarily a racialized hysteria justified on spurious procedural grounds that have since been discarded.
In other international news, Papua New Guinea threatened to ban Facebook for a month for seemingly spurious reasons, concerning locals who rely on the service.
Well, of course, Democrats laughed, laughed all of this off as spurious.
But, notwithstanding the apparent friction in Manchester, the claims seems outlandish and spurious at best.
In the present, Donald Trump’s White House has been advancing similarly spurious claims about Iran.
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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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