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Meaning of SPECIOUS

Pronunciation:  'speeshus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"
  2. [adj]  plausible but false; "a specious claim"
  3. [adj]  plausible but false; "specious reasoning"; "the spurious inferences from obsolescent notions of causality"- Ethel Albert

SPECIOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: false, gilded, insincere, invalid, meretricious, spurious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spe"cious\, a. [L. speciosusgood-looking, beautiful,
specious, fr. species look, show, appearance; cf. F.
sp['e]coeux. See {Species}.]
1. Presenting a pleasing appearance; pleasing in form or
   look; showy.

         Some [serpents] specious and beautiful to the eye.

         The rest, far greater part, Will deem in outward
         rites and specious forms Religion satisfied.

2. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct,
   but not so in reality; appearing well at first view;
   plausible; as, specious reasoning; a specious argument.

         Misled for a moment by the specious names of
         religion, liberty, and property.      --Macaulay.

         In consequence of their greater command of specious
         expression.                           --J. Morley.

Syn: Plausible; showy; ostensible; colorable; feasible. See
     {Plausible}. -- {Spe"xious*ly}, adv. --
     {Spe"cious*ness}, n.