Specious vs Spurious what difference

what is difference between Specious and Spurious

English

Etymology

From Latin speciōsus (good-looking).

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈspiːʃəs/
  • Rhymes: -iːʃəs

Adjective

specious (comparative more specious, superlative most specious)

  1. Seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious.
    Synonyms: fallacious, insincere
    • 1649, John Milton, Eikonoklastes:
      now to the discourse itself, voluble enough, and full of sentence, but that, for the most part, either specious rather than solid, or to his cause nothing pertinent.
  2. Employing fallacious but deceptively plausible arguments; deceitful.
    • 1829, William Phelan, Mortimer O’Sullivan, Ireland: A digest taken before Select Committees of the two Houses of Parliament, appointed to inquire into the State of Ireland, 1824—25, in The Christian Review and Clerical Magazine, Volume III, page 472,
      But a third cause of the delusion is, that the Church of Rome has become more specious and deceitful than before the Reformation.
  3. Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
    Synonyms: meretricious, pretextual
    • 1760, William Warburton, The Lord Bishop of Gloucester’s Sermon Preached Before the Right Honourable the House of Lords, January 30, 1760, page 19,
      And could any thing be more ſpecious, or more equal, than that fair diſtribution of power and profit, which men called the NEW MODEL?
    • 1788, Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 59
      This argument, though specious, will not, upon examination, be found solid.
  4. (obsolete) Beautiful, pleasing to look at.

Derived terms

  • specious present
  • specious tiger (Asota speciosa, a species of moth)

Related terms

  • speciosity
  • speciously
  • speciousness

Translations

See also

  • spurious

Anagrams

  • cosies up


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin spurius (illegitimate, bastardly), possibly related to sperno or from Etruscan.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈspjʊə.ɹi.əs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈspjʊ.ɹi.əs/, /ˈspʊ.ɹi.əs/, /ˈspjɔ.ɹi.əs/
  • Rhymes: -ʊəɹiəs

Adjective

spurious (comparative more spurious, superlative most spurious)

  1. False, not authentic, not genuine.
    His argument was spurious and had no validity.
    • 2013, Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: ‘It’s amazing how absurd it seems’ (in The Guardian, 13 September 2013)[1]
      We witness that there is a relationship between government, media and industry that is evident even at this most spurious and superficial level. These three institutions support one another. We know that however cool a media outlet may purport to be, their primary loyalty is to their corporate backers. We know also that you cannot criticise the corporate backers openly without censorship and subsequent manipulation of this information.
  2. Extraneous; stray; not relevant or wanted.
    I tried to concentrate on the matter in hand, but spurious thoughts kept intruding.
    Spurious emissions from the wireless mast were causing nearby electrical equipment to go haywire.
  3. (archaic) bastardly, illegitimate

Synonyms

  • (false): counterfeit, fake, false, bogus
  • See also Thesaurus:fake
  • See also Thesaurus:illegitimate

Antonyms

  • (false): genuine, representative

Derived terms

  • spuriosity
  • spuriously
  • spuriousness

Translations

See also

  • specious

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