What does pseudo- mean?

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  1. pseudo-(Prefix)

    false, not genuine, fake


  2. Origin: From combining form of ψευδής.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pseudo-

    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 adjectively

  2. Origin: [Gr. pseydh`s lying, false, akin to psey`dein to belie; cf. psydro`s lying, psy`qos a lie.]


  1. Pseudo-

    The prefix pseudo- is used to mark something as false, fraudulent, or pretending to be something it is not.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pseudo-

    sū′dō, a prefix signifying false or spurious, as in ns. Pseudæsthē′sia, imaginary feeling, as in an amputated limb; Pseudepig′rapha (pl.), spurious writings, especially those writings claiming to be Biblical, but not judged genuine or canonical by the consent of scholars.—adjs. Pseudepigraph′ic, -al.—n. Pseudepig′raphy, the ascription to books of false names of authors.—n. Pseu′do-apos′tle, a pretended apostle.—adj. Pseu′do-archā′ic, archaistic.—ns. Pseudoblep′sis, visual illusion; Pseu′do-Christian′ity, counterfeit Christianity; Pseudochrō′mia, false perception of colour; Pseu′do-clas′sicism, false or affected classicism.—adjs. Pseu′dodont, having false teeth, as a monotreme; Pseu′dodox, false.—n. a common fallacy.—ns. Pseudogeu′sia, false taste-perception; Pseu′dograph, a false writing.—v.i. Pseudog′raphise, to write incorrectly.—ns. Pseudog′raphy, bad spelling; Pseudol′ogy, the science of lying; Pseu′do-mar′tyr, a false martyr; Pseudomem′brane, a false membrane, or lining, as in some diseases of the throat.—adj. Pseudomem′branous.—n. Pseu′domorph.—adj. Pseudomor′phous, deceptive in form: (min.) noting crystals which have a form of crystallisation foreign to the species to which they belong.—ns. Pseu′donym, a fictitious name assumed, as by an author; Pseudonym′ity, state of being pseudonymous.—adj. Pseudon′ymous, bearing a fictitious name.—adv. Pseudon′ymously.—n.pl. Pseudopō′dia, the processes alternately thrust forth and drawn back by amœboid cells:—sing. Pseudopō′dium, Pseu′dopod.—n. Pseu′doscope, a species of stereoscope which causes the parts of bodies in relief to appear hollow, and vice versâ.—adj. Pseudoscop′ic.—n. Pseu′doscopy. [Gr. pseudēs, false.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pseudo- in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pseudo- in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Adil Charkaoui:

    I'm stunned by the twisted logic of the spokespersons of the two (colleges) and the pseudo-experts that are blaming radicalization of young people for what has happened.

  2. Mark Griffiths:

    I refer to it being pseudo-necrophilia, there are some people who really won’t go through a necrophilia act but having someone who is drugged or asleep may be enough for someone.

  3. Fred Allen:

    A molehill man is a pseudo-busy executive who comes to work at 9 am and finds a molehill on his desk. He has until 5 p.m. to make this molehill into a mountain. An accomplished molehill man will often have his mountain finished before lunch.

  4. Immigration Studies analyst Jessica Vaughan:

    We're creating a group of sort of pseudo citizens who live overseas, but can take advantage of the fact that they are U.S. citizens on paper, there is no question this is a threat to our national interest at worst. At best, it is something very distasteful because it cheapens U.S. citizenship.

  5. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    The modern American tourist now fills his experience with pseudo-events. He has come to expect both more strangeness and more familiarity than the world naturally offers. He has come to believe that he can have a lifetime of adventure in two weeks and all the thrills of risking his life without any real risk at all.

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