Dictionary Definition

'Spurious'

Definition of 'spurious'
From: WordNet
adjective
Plausible but false; "a specious claim"; "spurious inferences" [syn: specious, spurious]
adjective
Born out of wedlock; "the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring"- E.A.Freeman [syn: bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten, spurious]
adjective
Intended to deceive; "a spurious work of art" [syn: inauthentic, unauthentic, spurious]
Definition of 'Spurious'
From: GCIDE
Spurious \Spu"ri*ous\ (sp[=u]"r[i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. spurius.]
1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate. [1913 Webster]
2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. "Her spurious firstborn." --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Spurious primary, or Spurious quill (Zool.), the first, or outer, primary quill when rudimentary or much reduced in size, as in certain singing birds.
Spurious wing (Zool.), the bastard wing, or alula. [1913 Webster]
Syn: Counterfeit; false; adulterate; supposititious; fictitious; bastard. [1913 Webster] -- {Spu"ri*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Spu"ri*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]
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