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specious

[ spee-shuhs ]
/ ˈspi ʃəs /
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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.

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Origin of specious

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin speciōsus “fair, good-looking, beautiful,” equivalent to speci(ēs) (see species) + -ōsus adjective suffix; see -ous

synonym study for specious

1. See plausible.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH specious

species, specious
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British Dictionary definitions for specious

specious
/ (ˈspiːʃəs) /

adjective
apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false
deceptively attractive in appearance

Derived forms of specious

speciously, 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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