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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
How dare the Vikings fans besmirch our good names — what was left of them, anyway — with unfounded and spurious slanders.
Mr Babanov—whom Mr Jeyenbekov had personally threatened to lock up—had already fled the country after the election to escape spurious charges of inciting ethnic unrest that could have led to a long spell in prison.
The comment drew lots of users to Google, curious about one thing: what does spurious mean?
Soon the hashtag #UmarJohnsonDelicensingParty began trending: Umar’s claims that he will be stripped of his licensing as a certified school psychologist because of complaints seem spurious at best.
In 2016, $400,000 worth of spurious Moët & Chandon Champagne were seized in Italy.
Setting aside, for the moment, that this was a spurious defence of the president’s slander of his predecessors and his carelessness towards Mrs Johnson, Mr Kelly pointed to an important truth.
The connection is not entirely spurious: Boats competing in the race all have Volvo’s Penta marine diesel engines in them to generate onboard electric power and—in an emergency or for maneuvering in port—propulsion.
The spurious charges Democratic senators leveled at Barrett last Wednesday came straight from a report the Alliance for Justice submitted to the Judiciary Committee.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of spurious
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
Synonymsbogus, fake, false, forged, inauthentic, phony (also phoney), queer, sham, snide, counterfeit, unauthentic
Antonymsauthentic, bona fide, genuine, real, unfaked
Related Wordsartificial, factitious, imitation, man-made, mimic, mock, simulated, substitute, synthetic; dummy, nonfunctioning, ornamental; cultured, fabricated, manufactured; deceptive, delusive, misleading
Near Antonymsnatural; actual, true, valid
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