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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. plausible but false;
- Example: "a specious claim"
- Example: "spurious inferences"
[syn: specious, spurious]

2. based on pretense; deceptively pleasing;
- Example: "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"
- Example: "meretricious praise"
- Example: "a meretricious argument"
[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 look; showy. [1913 Webster] Some [serpents] specious and beautiful to the eye. --Bp. Richardson. [1913 Webster] The rest, far greater part, Will deem in outward rites and specious forms Religion satisfied. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Misled for a moment by the specious names of religion, liberty, and property. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] In consequence of their greater command of specious expression. --J. Morley. [1913 Webster] Syn: Plausible; showy; ostensible; colorable; feasible. See Plausible. [1913 Webster] -- Spe"xious*ly, adv. -- Spe"cious*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

specious 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, meretricious, specious]
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