Definition of spurious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈspjʊəriəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈspjʊriəs//
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  1. 1false, although seeming to be genuine He had managed to create the entirely spurious impression that the company was thriving. See related entries: Dishonest
  2. 2based on false ideas or ways of thinking a spurious argument
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘born out of wedlock’): from Latin spurius ‘false’ + -ous.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: spurious