: born to parents not married to each other
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 on the Web The dangers of partisan expulsion have been on full display this year in Tennessee, where Republicans used their legislative supermajorities to expel two representatives from Nashville and Memphis from the state House on spurious grounds. —David Faris, The Week, 26 May 2023 Preceding the election, key political opponents were already imprisoned or dogged by the threat of prosecution on spurious cases. —Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 16 May 2023 Only one, Jennifer Heineman — Gardner’s second cousin, who barely knew him but who used that spurious connection to amplify her attacks — exhibited some remorse and self-awareness. —Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 For their part, oil companies have pushed back on litigation with appeals, often spurious, that make the legal processes longer and more expensive. —Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 4 May 2023 He was jailed in October 2021 on allegations of money laundering and terrorism, charges that his friends and family called spurious. —Mary Beth Sheridan, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Feb. 2023 Both? Criminal charges, spurious or not, could actually help Trump in Republican primaries, analysts and officials said, but hurt him in a general election with independent and nonparty voters. —David Jackson, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2023 Yet you’ve been denied this assurance, real or spurious. —Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2023 Government data shared by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday showed that out of nearly 89,000 drug samples tested in 2021-22 by states and territories, more than 2,500 did not meet standards and close to 380 were declared spurious or adulterated. —Fox News, 3 Feb. 2023 See More
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