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

    Etymology: From spurius, from spurcus

  2. spuriousadjective

    bastardly, illegitimate

    Etymology: From spurius, from spurcus

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. Chuck Schumer:

    I want to address the vote the Senate took yesterday on the point of order raised by the junior Senator from Kentucky, i regret to say: for 45 Republican Senators to vote for a spurious constitutional objection to the coming impeachment trial was deeply, deeply, irresponsible.

  2. Kristian Andersen:

    We know from the SARS-CoV-2 genetic data that the pandemic started in late November / early December in China so there's absolutely no way the virus could have been spreading widely in December 2019. From the same genetic data we know that widespread transmission didn't start in the United States until( around) February 2020, the paper is picking up spurious signals and the hospitalizations are more likely from flu or other respiratory diseases.

  3. Goethe:

    We blame equally him who is too proud to put a proper value on his own merit and him who prizes too highly his spurious worth.

  4. 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.

  5. Scott Israel:

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

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    (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
    • A. impounding
    • B. collation
    • C. maculation
    • D. slur

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