- not actually but having the appearance of; pretended; false or spurious; sham.
- almost, approaching, or trying to be.
Origin of pseudo
- a combining form meaning “false,” “pretended,” “unreal,” used in the formation of compound words (pseudoclassic; pseudointellectual): in scientific use, denoting close or deceptive resemblance to the following element (pseudobulb; pseudocarp), and used sometimes in chemical names of isomers (pseudoephedrine).
Origin of pseudo-
Related Words for pseudoersatz, pretend, phony, wrong, imitation, sham, pirate, mock, counterfeit, bogus, pretended, quasi, simulated, spurious, false
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Contemporary Examples of pseudo
The office is standard Universal issue, sort of a pseudo English manor house.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He lived in the Pseudo office, where his downstairs neighbors included Jeff Koons.
He was busted but far from bust, and by February Pseudo had 10 channels.
This unholy marriage of faux country and pseudo hip-hop is literally the worst of both worlds.You Can't Unsee Billy Ray Cyrus’s Pseudo Hip Hop ‘Achy Breaky 2’
February 12, 2014
The international community is unlikely to be impressed by a show of pseudo tolerance performed by a fake lesbian duo.Yes, the Pseudo-lesbian Band t.A.T.u. Sang at Sochi’s Opening Ceremony
February 7, 2014
Historical Examples of pseudo
This sort of pseudo reputation, whether for good or for evil, is not uncommon in the world.Tancred
While Fandor was going downstairs the pseudo Mme. Ceiron made a grimace.A Royal Prisoner
And we have had perhaps more than enough of the pseudo Mrs Ragg.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
He did not know of what this pseudo Quaker might be capable.A Cousin's Conspiracy
Your social affairs, too, are meddled with by your family and pseudo friends.Cupology
- informal not genuine; pretended
sometimes before a vowel pseud-
- false, pretending, or unauthenticpseudo-intellectual
- having a close resemblance topseudopodium
Word Origin for pseudo-
late 14c., "false or spurious thing;" see pseudo-. As an adjective in this sense from mid-15c. In modern use, of persons, "pretentious, insincere," from 1945; as a noun from 1959. Related: Pseudish.
often before vowels pseud-, word-forming element meaning "false; feigned; erroneous; in appearance only; resembling," from Greek pseudo-, comb. form of pseudes "false, lying; falsely; deceived," or pseudos "falsehood, untruth, a lie," both from pseudein "to deceive, cheat by lies."
Productive in compound formation in ancient Greek (e.g. pseudodidaskalos "false teacher," pseudokyon "a sham cynic," pseudologia "a false speech," pseudoparthenos "pretended virgin"), it began to be used with native words in Middle English.
- False; deceptive; sham:pseudohematuria.
- Apparently similar:pseudomyxoma.