Meaning of SPURIOUS in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈspyu̇r-ē-əs ]


Etymology: Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin spurius false, from Latin, of illegitimate birth, from spurius, noun, bastard

Date: 1598

1. : of illegitimate birth : bastard

2. : outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities : false

the spurious eminence of the pop celebrity


a. : of falsified or erroneously attributed origin : forged

a spurious signature

b. : of a deceitful nature or quality

spurious excuses

• spu·ri·ous·ly adverb

• spu·ri·ous·ness noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.