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Meaning of PSEUDO

Pronunciation:  'soodoo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who makes deceitful pretenses
  2. [adj]  (often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of; "a pseudo esthete"; "pseudoclassic"

PSEUDO is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: counterfeit, fake, faker, fraud, imitative, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, role player, sham, shammer
 See Also: beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, namedropper, ringer, slicker, trickster



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pseu"do-\ [Gr. pseydh`s lying, false, akin to psey`dein
to belie; cf. psydro`s lying, psy`qos a lie.]
A combining form or prefix signifying false, counterfeit,
pretended, spurious; as, pseudo-apostle, a false apostle;
pseudo-clergy, false or spurious clergy; pseudo-episcopacy,
pseudo-form, pseudo-martyr, pseudo-philosopher. Also used

Computing Dictionary

/soo'doh/ (usenet) Pseudonym.

1. An electronic-mail or usenet persona adopted by a human for amusement value or as a means of avoiding negative repercussions of one's net.behaviour; a "nom de usenet", often associated with forged postings designed to conceal message origins. Perhaps the best-known and funniest hoax of this type is biff.

2. Notionally, a flamage-generating ai program simulating a usenet user. Many flamers have been accused of actually being such entities, despite the fact that no AI program of the required sophistication yet exists. However, in 1989 there was a famous series of forged postings that used a phrase-frequency-based travesty generator to simulate the styles of several well-known flamers; it was based on large samples of their back postings (compare dissociated press). A significant number of people were fooled by the forgeries, and the debate over their authenticity was settled only when the perpetrator came forward to publicly admit the hoax.

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Biology Dictionary
 Definition: False; apparent but not genuine.