specious

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Specious \Spe"cious\, adjective [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.

Some [serpents] specious and beautiful to the eye. --Bp. Richardson.

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 {Plausible}. -- {Spe"xious*ly}, adverb -- {Spe"cious*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

specious

adjective

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}]


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