pseudo

[soo-doh]
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Origin of pseudo

First recorded in 1940–45; independent use of pseudo-

pseudo-

  1. 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).
Also especially before a vowel, pseud-.

Origin of pseudo-

< Greek, combining form of pseudḗs false, pseûdos falsehood
Can be confusedpseudo- quasi-
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Examples from the Web for pseudo

Contemporary Examples of pseudo

Historical Examples of pseudo

  • This sort of pseudo reputation, whether for good or for evil, is not uncommon in the world.

    Tancred

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • While Fandor was going downstairs the pseudo Mme. Ceiron made a grimace.

    A Royal Prisoner

    Pierre Souvestre

  • 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.

  • Your social affairs, too, are meddled with by your family and pseudo friends.


British Dictionary definitions for pseudo

pseudo

adjective
  1. informal not genuine; pretended

pseudo-

sometimes before a vowel pseud-

combining form
  1. false, pretending, or unauthenticpseudo-intellectual
  2. having a close resemblance topseudopodium

Word Origin for pseudo-

from Greek pseudēs false, from pseudein to lie
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Word Origin and History for pseudo
n.

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.

pseudo-

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.

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pseudo in Medicine

pseudo-

pref.
  1. False; deceptive; sham:pseudohematuria.
  2. Apparently similar:pseudomyxoma.
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