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.
- spu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- spu·ri·ous·ness, noun
- non·spu·ri·ous, adjective
- non·spu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- non·spu·ri·ous·ness, noun
- un·spu·ri·ous, adjective
- un·spu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
- un·spu·ri·ous·ness, noun
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How to use spurious in a sentence
His henchmen at the state level sought to block their use, while his lawyers brought dozens of spurious suits to make it more difficult to vote–an intensification of the GOP’s legacy of suppressive tactics.The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election | Molly Ball | February 4, 2021 | Time
He and his Republican allies have made spurious allegations of voter fraud and pressured state and local officials to throw away Democratic ballots and appoint alternative slates of electors.Mob violence at the Capitol underscores risks of lengthy presidential transitions | Christopher Ingraham | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
In short, by focusing on spurious technological problems, we are ignoring very real legal and social ones.Technology can help us feed the world, if we look beyond profit | Katie McLean | December 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Charles was determinedly "sincere" throughout the brief call, continuously and spuriously hearty.Angela's Business | Henry Sydnor Harrison
She admitted that clandestine and spuriously accidental meetings were wrong.Double Harness | Anthony Hope
Capsule not lobed, mostly 5-valved, spuriously 10-celled, 10-seeded.
He turned the pages of Country Life and became spuriously interested in the picture of a Mongolian pheasant.Beasts and Super-Beasts | Saki
Their ideas of position and privilege were all spuriously European.The High Heart | Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for spurious
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; false: a spurious fruit
(of radiation) produced at an undesired frequency by a transmitter, causing interference, etc
- spuriously, adverb
- spuriousness, noun
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