These notions, imperfectly understood and speciously interpreted, are by many regarded as furnishing a sanction for war.
How was it possible she should behave so speciously as she did all the time the lady staid with us!
And in the mean time we may observe, that such a way of Arguing may, it seems, be speciously accommodated to differing Hypotheses.
It is so insidious and speciously good, that it has found its way, like an angel of light, to the best hearts and holiest places.
This wrong, we are speciously told by those who seek to defend it, is not our original sin.
In fact, upon the neutral fact of evolution a theory of pessimism may be built up as speciously as a theory of optimism.
It was uniformly not so hopeful as formerly, while speciously apologetic.
You notified the police, speciously directing suspicion to—the ex-convict in the bank's employ.
Slavery, we are speciously told by those who defend it, is not our original sin.
In England all men spoke one tongue, speciously like American to the ear, but on cross-examination unintelligible.
plausible but not true; based on pretense; sophistic
Latin specissus 'beautiful, plausible'
c.1400, "pleasing to the sight, fair," from Latin speciosus "good-looking, beautiful," from species "appearance" (see species). Meaning "seemingly desirable, reasonable or probable, but not really so" is first recorded 1610s.