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pseudo

[ soo-doh ]
/ ˈsu doʊ /
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adjective
not actually but having the appearance of; pretended; false or spurious; sham.
almost, approaching, or trying to be.
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Origin of pseudo

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

Other definitions for pseudo (2 of 2)

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).
Also especially before a vowel, pseud-.

Origin of pseudo-

<Greek, combining form of pseudḗs false, pseûdos falsehood

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pseudo-

pseudo- , quasi-
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British Dictionary definitions for pseudo (1 of 2)

pseudo
/ (ˈsjuːdəʊ) /

adjective
informal not genuine; pretended

British Dictionary definitions for pseudo (2 of 2)

pseudo-

sometimes before a vowel pseud-


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

Word Origin for pseudo-

from Greek pseudēs false, from pseudein to lie
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