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:

spurious sympathy

—spuriously adverb

—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:

fake fur


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?


counterfeit drugs

▪ 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.


imitation leather/silk/silver

▪ 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.


phony advertisements

▪ spurious /ˈspjʊəriəs $ ˈspjʊr-/ false and giving a wrong impression about someone or something:

spurious claims


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.