- not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
- Biology. (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) having a similar appearance but a different structure.
- of illegitimate birth; bastard.
Origin of spurious
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Related Wordsspecious, bogus, phony, false, affected, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, bastard, bent, bum, contrived, deceitful, deceptive, dummy, ersatz, feigned, forged, illegitimate, imitation
Examples from the Web for spurious
President Obama repeated the spurious gender wage gap statistic in his State of the Union address.No, Women Don’t Make Less Money Than Men
Christina Hoff Sommers
February 1, 2014
A spurious, wrong-headed idea that spreads virally and poisons public discourse.A Lexical Life Raft for the Government Shutdown
October 16, 2013
With more than 360,000 people, a resurrected New Orleans stands out in high relief from the spurious values of the Tea Party.Eight Years After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Has Been Resurrected
August 29, 2013
She was aware how often spurious communications followed the death of a public figure.
Corry argues that this is merely a political opinion, backed by questionable and spurious data.Savaging Primitives: Why Jared Diamond’s ‘The World Until Yesterday’ Is Completely Wrong
January 30, 2013
There is, however, a good deal of spurious family affection.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
"The spurious China Joe and one other man escaped in a car," Ned reported.Arm of the Law
The State is not to be forgotten for some spurious personal individuality.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
There were the eyes that fell away before the spurious effrontery of her own glance.The Snare
Some of the spurious Greek works of the Hippocratic collection have also case notes.The Legacy of Greece
- not genuine or real
- (of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; falsea spurious fruit
- (of radiation) produced at an undesired frequency by a transmitter, causing interference, etc
- rare illegitimate
Word Origin and History for spurious
1590s, "born out of wedlock," from Latin spurius "illegitimate, false" (cf. Italian spurio, Spanish espurio), from spurius (n.) "illegitimate child," probably from Etruscan spural "public." Sense of "having an irregular origin, not properly constituted" is from c.1600; that of "false, sham" is from 1610s.
- Similar in appearance or symptoms but unrelated in morphology or pathology; false.