What does spurious mean?

Definitions for spurious
ˈspyʊər i əsspu·ri·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. specious, spuriousadjective

    plausible but false

    "a specious claim"; "spurious inferences"

  2. bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten, spuriousadjective

    born out of wedlock

    "the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring"- E.A.Freeman

  3. inauthentic, unauthentic, spuriousadjective

    intended to deceive

    "a spurious work of art"


  1. spuriousadjective

    false, not authentic, not genuine

  2. spuriousadjective

    bastardly, illegitimate

  3. Etymology: From spurius, from spurcus

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPURIOUSadjective

    Etymology: spurius, Latin.

    The coin that shows the first is generally rejected as spurious, nor is the other esteemed more authentick by the present Roman medalists. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    If any thing else has been printed, in which we really had any hand, it is loaded with spurious additions. Jonathan Swift.

    Your Scipio’s, Cæsar’s, Pompey’s, and your Cato’s,
    These gods on earth, are all the spurious brood
    Of violated maids. Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spuriousadjective

    not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; false; adulterate

  2. Spuriousadjective

    not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spurious

    spūr′i-us, adj. illegitimate: bastard: not genuine: false: resembling an organ, but without its function, or having the functions of an organ while morphologically different.—adv. Spūr′iously.—n. Spūr′iousness. [L. spurius, false.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spurious in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spurious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of spurious in a Sentence

  1. Shyam Khadka:

    Use of excessive pesticides has been a cause for concern for quite some time, now if they turn out to be spurious it's a cause for even greater worry.

  2. Cody Lusk:

    The truth stands: imported autos and auto parts are simply not a national security threat, using this spurious claim as justification to force our trading partners into new negotiations will only create more uncertainty for America's entire auto industry.

  3. Scott Israel:

    We will vigorously defend against these spurious charges that lack basis in fact and law.

  4. Chuck Schumer:

    I regret to say for 45 Republican senators to vote for a spurious constitutional objection to the coming impeachment trial was deeply, deeply irresponsible, only five Republican senators are willing to take a principled stand against this reckless and ill-advised effort by members of this body who are eager to excuse President Trump's campaign to overturn the election, and apparently, to excuse President Trump incitement to the mob that every one of us experienced in this Capitol.

  5. Jerrold Nadler:

    The court's thoughtful ruling recognizes that our impeachment inquiry fully comports with the Constitution and thoroughly rejects the spurious White House claims to the contrary.

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