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ˈspi ʃəsspe·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. specious, spuriousadjective

    plausible but false

    "a specious claim"; "spurious inferences"

  2. gilded, meretricious, speciousadjective

    based on pretense; deceptively pleasing

    "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"


  1. speciousadjective

    Seemingly well-reasoned or factual, but actually fallacious or insincere; strongly held but false.

    This idea that we must see through what we have started is specious, however good it may sound.

    Etymology: From speciōsus "good-looking".

  2. speciousadjective

    Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.

    Etymology: From speciōsus "good-looking".

  3. speciousadjective

    Beautiful, pleasing to look at.

    Etymology: From speciōsus "good-looking".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speciousadjective

    presenting a pleasing appearance; pleasing in form or look; showy

  2. Speciousadjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Specious

    spē′shus, adj. that looks well at first sight: showy: plausible: appearing actual, not merely imaginary.—ns. Spēcios′ity, Spē′ciousness, plausible appearance.—adv. Spē′ciously. [Fr.,—L. speciosus, showy—species, form—specĕre, to see.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. specious

    That form of argument used as an indoor sport by East Aurora natives in an attempt to prove that two or three make four.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of specious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of specious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of specious in a Sentence

  1. Buckminster Fuller:

    We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must  justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors & people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school & think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along & told them they had to earn a living.”

  2. Bernard Mandeville:

    Ashamed of the many frailties they feel within, all men endeavor to hide themselves, their ugly nakedness, from each other, and wrapping up the true motives of their hearts in the specious cloak of sociableness, and their concern for the public good, they are in hopes of concealing their filthy appetites and the deformity of their desires.

  3. Geoff Kelly:

    These thieves were not sophisticated criminals, as evidenced by the fact that two of the paintings were cut out of their frames, the significant value of the stolen artwork seems to have elevated the status of the thieves to master criminals but that's a specious assumption.

  4. Don Barthelme:

    The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

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    large recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle
    • A. taper
    • B. tithe
    • C. mealie
    • D. urus

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