specious

[spee-shuhs]

adjective

apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible: specious arguments.
pleasing to the eye but deceptive.
Obsolete. pleasing to the eye; fair.

Nearby words

  1. specifics,
  2. specify,
  3. specimen,
  4. specimen plant,
  5. speciosity,
  6. specious present,
  7. speciously,
  8. speck,
  9. speckedness,
  10. speckle

Origin of specious

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin speciōsus fair, good-looking, beautiful, equivalent to speci(ēs) (see species) + -ōsus -ous

SYNONYMS FOR specious
1. See plausible. 2. false, misleading.

Related forms
Can be confusedspecie species specious

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British Dictionary definitions for specious

specious

adjective

apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false
deceptively attractive in appearance
Derived Formsspeciously, adverbspeciousness, noun

Word Origin for specious

C14 (originally: fair): from Latin speciōsus plausible, from speciēs outward appearance, from specere to look at

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Word Origin and History for specious

specious

adj.

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.

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