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Meaning of SPURIOUS

Pronunciation:  'spyûreeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  intended to deceive; "a spurious work of art"
  2. [adj]  born out of wedlock; "the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring"- E.A.Freeman
  3. [adj]  plausible but false; "specious reasoning"; "the spurious inferences from obsolescent notions of causality"- Ethel Albert

SPURIOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bastard, bastardly, counterfeit, illegitimate, imitative, inauthentic, invalid, misbegot, misbegotten, specious, unauthentic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spu"ri*ous\, a. [L. spurius.]
1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source
   pretended; not genuine; false; adulterate.

2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. ``Her
   spurious firstborn.'' --Milton.

{Spurious primary}, or {Spurious quill} (Zo["o]l.), the
   first, or outer, primary quill when rudimentary or much
   reduced in size, as in certain singing birds.

{Spurious wing} (Zo["o]l.), the bastard wing, or alula.

Syn: Counterfeit; false; adulterate; supposititious;
     fictitious; bastard. -- {Spu"ri*ous*ly}, adv. --
     {Spu"ri*ous*ness}, n.