Definition of spurious
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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
In her remarks to Goldman Sachs executives in 2013, Mrs. Clinton recalled having contentious discussions with Chinese officials over their broad — and in her view, spurious — claims to the South China Sea.
Police said there was evidence linking Mr. Rashad to former soldier Leslie Cooper, 38, the hit man who lured Mr. Arwani to a spurious meeting to discuss a building project late on the evening of April 7, 2015.
Contrary to Goldberg’s spurious claim, the Prime Minister does not seek to preserve the status quo.
Mr. Parvez, who was subsequently detained on spurious charges, should be released and allowed to travel.
Additionally, we’ll be deleting any spurious personal information created for your accounts.
Particularly on the right, there is a whole ecosystem of spurious committees that use candidates’ likenesses to raise funds—money that the candidates never see.
High-ranking B.N.P. members have been framed on spurious corruption charges, among other things.
But, alas, spurious balance dumps dung in the well even here.
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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
Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin spurius false, from Latin, of illegitimate birth, from spurius, noun, bastard
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
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
: simulating a symptom or condition without being pathologically or morphologically genuine spurious labor pains spurious polycythemia
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