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- specious present,
Origin of specious
Examples from the Web for speciously
In fact, upon the neutral fact of evolution a theory of pessimism may be built up as speciously as a theory of optimism.The Idea of Progress|J. B. Bury
You notified the police, speciously directing suspicion to—the ex-convict in the bank's employ.The Adventures of Jimmie Dale|Frank L. Packard
Seffy was speciously savage now—as any successful wooer might be.
These notions, imperfectly understood and speciously interpreted, are by many regarded as furnishing a sanction for war.The Forerunners|Romain Rolland
In England all men spoke one tongue, speciously like American to the ear, but on cross-examination unintelligible.Actions and Reactions|Rudyard Kipling
Word Origin for specious
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.