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spurious

adjective

  1. (false)  plausible but false
    Synonyms: specious. Similar to: false
  2. (illegitimate)  born out of wedlock
    Synonyms: bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten. Similar to: illegitimate
  3. (counterfeit)  intended to deceive
    Synonyms: inauthentic, unauthentic. Similar to: counterfeit

Etymology summary

"born out of wedlock", from Latin spurius "illegitimate, false" (compare Italian...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

spurious | false [synonym, sense-specific] | illegitimate [synonym, sense-specific] | spuriously [adverb, derived]

not genuine or real | (of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; ... (25 of 446 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

spurious | bastard [synonym, sense-specific] | false [synonym, sense-specific] | forged [synonym, sense-specific] | bogus [synonym, sense-specific] | fake [synonym, sense-specific] | inauthentic [synonym, sense-specific] | phony [synonym, sense-specific] | queer [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

of illegitimate birth; "bastard" | outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities; "false" | of falsified or ... (19 of 292 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Spurious [disambiguation]

can refer to: Spurious correlation or spurious relationship | Spurious emission | Spurious key | Spurious quotation | Spurious interrupt | Spurious wakeup (18 of 86 words, 6 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

spurious | spuriously [derived] | spuriousness [derived]

not being what it purports to be; false or fake | (of a line of reasoning) apparently but not actually valid | [archaic] : (of offspring) ... (24 of 79 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spurious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

spurious [formal]

something such as a statement that is spurious is not reasonable or correct because it's not based on true facts or a sensible way of thinking | not ... (27 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spurious

New World Dictionary:

spurious | spuriously [adverb, related] | spuriousness [noun, related]

[rare] illegitimate; bastard | not true or genuine; false; counterfeit | [botany] like in appearance but unlike in structure or function | [radios] ... (20 of 52 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spurious

American Heritage Dictionary:

spurious | spuriously [adverb, related] | spuriousness [noun, related]

Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false. | Of illegitimate birth. | [botany] Similar in appearance but unlike in ... (21 of 47 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spurious

Cambridge Dictionary:

spurious

false and not what it appears to be, or (of reasons and judgments) based on something that has not been correctly understood and therefore false (25 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/spurious

Random House Dictionary:

spurious

not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit. | [biology] (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) ... (22 of 41 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/spurious

Wiktionary:

spurious | counterfeit [synonym, sense-specific] | fake [synonym, sense-specific] | false [synonym, sense-specific] | bogus [synonym, sense-specific] | illegitimate [synonym, sense-specific] | genuine [antonym, sense-specific] | representative [antonym, sense-specific]

false, not authentic, not genuine | [archaic] bastardly, illegitimate (8 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spurious

Encarta Dictionary:

spurious

different from what it's claimed to be, not authentic, or not valid or well-founded | having the outward appearance of another plant part but not its ... (25 of 74 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713012​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

spurious

First use: 1590s

Origin: "born out of wedlock", from Latin spurius "illegitimate, false" (compare Italian spurio, Spanish espurio), from spurius ... (17 of 45 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

spurious

First use: 1598

Origin: Late Latin and Latin; Late Latin spurius false, from Latin, of illegitimate birth, from spurius, noun, bastard

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/spurious

Oxford Dictionary:

spurious

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "born out of wedlock"): from Latin spurius "false" + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spurious

New World Dictionary:

spurious

Origin: Latin spurius, illegitimate (in Late Latin, false), originally, a bastard from Etruscan

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spurious

American Heritage Dictionary:

spurious

Origin: From Late Latin spurius, from Latin, illegitimate, probably of Etruscan origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spurious

Wiktionary:

spurious

Origin: Late Latin spurius ("illegitimate, bastardly"), from spurcus ("foul, base, low")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spurious

Collins Dictionary:

spurious

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin spurius of illegitimate birth

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spurious

Encarta Dictionary:

spurious

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin spurius "illegitimate child"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713012​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

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Collins Dictionary:

spurious

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

spurious [formal]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

spurious [formal]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

spurious

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

spurious

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