[ US /ˈspɝiəs, ˈspjʊɹiəs/ ]
[ UK /spjˈʊɹɪəs/ ]
  1. ostensibly valid, but not actually valid
    a spurious argument
  2. plausible but false
    a specious claim
    spurious inferences
  3. born out of wedlock
    the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring
  4. false or fake; not what it appears to be
    a spurious work of art
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How To Use spurious In A Sentence

  • Victor's authority is appealed to by those who deem the last twelve verses of S. Mark's Gospel spurious, it would of course be inferred that his evidence is hostile to the verses in question; whereas his evidence to their genuineness is the most emphatic and extraordinary on record. The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark Vindicated Against Recent Critical Objectors and Established
  • Subsequent investigation revealed that these claims were spurious.
  • He then proceeds to reckon up five others, not in our canon, which he calls in one place spurious, in another controverted, meaning, as appears to me, nearly the same thing by these two words. Evidence of Christianity
  • It allows insurers to reject claims for spurious reasons. Times, Sunday Times
  • One of the first objects then of this pursuit, as I have observed, should be, to learn how to distinguish with accuracy between that peculiar pustule which is the true cow pock, and that which is spurious. On Vaccination Against Smallpox
  • Many women are virtual slaves to their pimps, snared by false protestations of love, and then held in his thrall by a combination of violence and spurious affection.
  • This week, Mr Dhillon wrote to our letters page to say he denied all the allegations in their entirety, claiming that he was being ‘used as a scapegoat in political wranglings arising from spurious and vexatious allegations’.
  • Here we show that misreporting by countries with large fisheries, combined with the large and widely fluctuating catch of species such as the Peruvian anchoveta, can cause globally spurious trends.
  • The spurious argument that Lewin was ineffective in stemming crime is so openly dishonest that Jamaicans like myself have started to tune out.
  • Use of adulterants or spurious materials is another issue that further complicates the quality standards of plants-based traditional remedies.
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