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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.


  1. spurious

    Spurious refers to something that is not genuine, authentic, or true, but rather misleading or false. It is often used to describe incorrect conclusions, results, data, or arguments that appear to be valid or accurate, but are actually incorrect or deceptive.

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. Armie Hammer:

    I’m not responding to these bulls--t claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic, lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.

  2. Bill Freimuth:

    Spurious allegations claiming members or committees use our process to push forward nominations for artists they have relationships with are categorically false, misleading and wrong.

  3. Devin Nunes:

    They are citing spurious national security concerns to evade congressional oversight while leaking information to The Washington Post ostensibly about classified meetings, congress has a right and a duty to get this information and we will succeed in getting this information, regardless of whatever fantastic stories the DOJ and FBI spin to The Washington Post.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    I think what Sean Spicer and the President wanted was to take this spurious claim and try to bury it in a closed hearing in the intelligence committee. We're not going to allow that to happen. We're going to air this very publicly.

  5. Devin Nunes:

    Having stonewalled Congress’ demands for information for nearly a year, it’s no surprise to see the FBI and DOJ issue spurious objections to allowing the American people to see information related to surveillance abuses at these agencies.

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