[syn: gilded, meretricious, specious]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Specious \Spe"cious\, a. [L. speciosusgood-looking, beautiful,
specious, fr. species look, show, appearance; cf. F.
sp['e]coeux. See Species.]
1. Presenting a pleasing appearance; pleasing in form or
Some [serpents] specious and beautiful to the eye.
The rest, far greater part,
Will deem in outward rites and specious forms
Religion satisfied. --Milton.
2. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct,
but not so in reality; appearing well at first view;
plausible; as, specious reasoning; a specious argument.
Misled for a moment by the specious names of
religion, liberty, and property. --Macaulay.
In consequence of their greater command of specious
expression. --J. Morley.
Syn: Plausible; showy; ostensible; colorable; feasible. See
[1913 Webster] -- Spe"xious*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: plausible but false; "a specious claim"; "spurious
inferences" [syn: specious, spurious]
2: based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and
perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious
praise"; "a meretricious argument" [syn: gilded,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "specious":
Barmecidal, Barmecide, airy, alleged, apparent, apparently sound,
apparitional, autistic, avowed, beguiling, casuistic, chimeric,
claimed, colorable, colored, conceivable, deceptive, delusional,
delusionary, delusive, delusory, dereistic, disingenuous,
dreamlike, dreamy, empty, erroneous, fallacious, false, fantastic,
gilded, hollow, hypocritical, idle, illogical, illusional,
illusionary, illusive, illusory, imaginary, in name only,
inaccurate, incorrect, insincere, jesuitic, likely, meretricious,
misleading, nugatory, ostensible, overrefined, oversubtle,
phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantom, philosophistic, plausible,
possible, presumable, presumed, pretended, pretexted, professed,
purported, seeming, self-deceptive, self-deluding, so-called,
sophistic, sophistical, spectral, spurious, superficial, supposed,
supposititious, tinsel, unactual, unfounded, unreal, unsound,
unsubstantial, untrue, vain, visionary, wrong