Meaning of SPURIOUS in English
spu ‧ ri ‧ ous /ˈspjʊəriəs $ ˈspjʊr-/ BrE AmE adjective
[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Late Latin ; Origin: spurius , from Latin (noun), 'child of unmarried parents' ]
1 . a spurious statement, argument etc is not based on facts or good thinking and is likely to be incorrect:
He demolished the Opposition’s spurious arguments.
2 . insincere:
—spuriousness noun [uncountable]
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▪ false not real, but intended to seem real and deceive people:
He uses a false name.
▪ fake made to look or seem like something else, especially something worth a lot more money:
a fake Rolex watch
fake designer goods
a fake $100 bill
▪ forged a forged official document or bank note has been illegally made to look like a real one:
a forged passport
a forged £50 note
▪ counterfeit /ˈkaʊntəfɪt $ -tər-/ counterfeit money or goods have been illegally made to look exactly like something else:
How do you detect counterfeit currency?
▪ imitation made to look real – used especially about guns, bombs etc or about materials:
The two men used an imitation firearm to carry out the robbery.
▪ phoney/phony /ˈfəʊni $ ˈfoʊ-/ disapproving informal false – used when you think someone is deliberately trying to deceive people:
She put on a phoney New York accent.
The doctors were accused of supplying phoney medical certificates.
There’s something phoney about him.
▪ spurious /ˈspjʊəriəs $ ˈspjʊr-/ false and giving a wrong impression about someone or something:
That’s a spurious argument.
The company was trying to get some spurious respectability by using our name.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012