"No matter," said Mr. O’CONNELL, "under what specious term it may disguise itself, slavery is still hideous."
Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Ralph had been deceived before now by the specious appearance of depth in a beach pool and he approached this one preparing to be disappointed.
William Golding -- Lord of the Flies
He then, by a specious argument, prevented her from going, and so had the chance for which he had waited.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Specious allegations get us nowhere.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
And although she believed that the iyi-uwa which had been dug up was genuine, she could not ignore the fact that some really evil children sometimes misled people into digging up a specious one.
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning.
Malcolm Gladwell -- Outliers
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It’s going to be all right, Lewis had promised, although she did not understand how he could make so specious a statement.
Jodi Picoult -- Nineteen Minutes
Impose the death penalty and let the law take its course in spite of the specious call for sympathy!
Richard Wright -- Native Son
In this there was much that reminded me of the specious totality of old wood-work which has rotted for long years in some neglected vault, with no disturbance from the breath of the external air.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Fall of the House of Usher
A specious pretext.
Sophocles -- Antigone
This was the question he had always had to answer speciously before.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
could ...give you a thousand specious reasons...
William Faulkner -- Absalom, Absalom!
but speciously for Master Fenton
William Shakespeare -- The Merry Wives of Windsor
This may sound specious—one may rightly think here was a young man in the blush of his first sexual love, typically conflating sensation and devotion—but I was not thinking so much of her body or even the desirous tentacled feeling of mine.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
The reasons were specious but had gotten him here.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
His voice was still soft and filled with specious humility.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
Thus, the greater number of a man’s errors come before him disguised under the specious form of necessity; then, after error has been committed in a moment of excitement, of delirium, or of fear, we see that we might have avoided and escaped it.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
How many times, after an equivoque, after the specious and treacherous reasoning of egotism, had he heard his irritated conscience cry in his ear: "A trip! you wretch!"
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Mr. Woodhouse must not, under the specious pretence of a morning drive, and an hour or two spent at Donwell, be tempted away to his misery.
Jane Austen -- Emma
And all the while, lest one should be in any doubt as to the reality which Goldstein’s specious claptrap covered, behind his head on the telescreen there marched the endless columns of the Eurasian army — row after row of solid-looking men with expressionless Asiatic faces, who swam up to the surface of the screen and vanished, to be replaced by others exactly similar.
George Orwell -- 1984
He mocked at his reasoning, calling it specious and "American"—his criteria of uncerebral phrase-making was that it was American.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
And thus his jealous soul speciously argued to excuse the separation of father and child.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
This specious reasoning is nevertheless false.
Thomas Hobbes -- Leviathan
Wasn’t there light in the fact which, as we shared our solitude, broke out with a specious glitter it had never yet quite worn?
Henry James -- The Turn of the Screw
He said it to put an end to the specious arguments of his wife, who was once again determined to buy a dog, and he never imagined that his hasty generalization was to cost him his life.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
I am not sure, my dear girl, but that it may be wise and specious to preserve that outward indifference.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve; Since Reason not impossibly may meet Some specious object by the foe suborned, And fall into deception unaware, Not keeping strictest watch, as she was warned.
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
But the Puritan soldier and magistrate was not a man to be turned aside from his well-considered scheme, either by dread of the wizard’s ghost, or by flimsy sentimentalities of any kind, however specious.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
As such, it was of course vulnerable to the same variety of glibly undaunted and usually specious evaluations that any legitimate art object is.
J.D. Salinger -- Franny and Zooey
Any connection, no matter how specious, might be used to justify his incarceration and extend it.
Dave Eggers -- Zeitoun
His father persisted in his conviction that a knowledge of a farmer’s wife’s duties came second to a Pauline view of humanity; and the impulsive Angel, wishing to honour his father’s feelings and to advance the cause of his heart at the same time, grew specious.
Thomas Hardy -- Tess of the d’Urbervilles
And again she pictured Tomas as if he were one of her paintings: Don Juan in the foreground, a specious stage-set by a naive painter, and through a crack in the setTristan.
Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
They sold coal by the ton and by the bag; they had stake trucks or dump trucks; they had to be convinced and sold, entertained, offered special deals, flattered, bantered, told secrets about the veins of the mines, made up with specious technical information about BTU’s and ash percentages.
Saul Bellow -- The Adventures of Augie March
And at once all the newspaper men and feature writers and artists rising and whispering to each other that on the morrow the defense would start, and wondering as to who and where the witnesses were, also whether Clyde would be permitted to go on the stand in his own defense in the face of this amazing mass of evidence against him or Whether his lawyers would content themselves with some specious argument as to mental and moral weakness which might end in prison for life—not less.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
The Manager [without having understood much, but astonished by the specious argument].
Luigi Pirandello -- Six Characters in Search of an Author
Opponents of the Constitution use this excuse in their most specious arguments.
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay -- The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
Mrs Warren’s defence of herself is not only bold and specious, but valid and unanswerable.
George Bernard Shaw -- Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Instead, he wrote again, speciously insisting that blame for the controversy rested with "Publicola."
David McCullough -- John Adams
What strong scientific theories, even those crafted in pop form, have in common with good stories is not some specious universality.
Adam Gopnik -- Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
I have frequently amused myself both in public and private companies, with silently remarking, the specious errors of those who speak without reflecting.
Thomas Paine -- Common Sense
The queen, whom sense of honor could not move, No longer made a secret of her love, But call’d it marriage, by that specious name To veil the crime and sanctify the shame.
Virgil -- The Aeneid
The Japanese team, experts on the extra sensory Node, center of TP perceptivity, insisted that the Node was in curcuit with the Optic Nerve (it wasn’t within two millimeters of same) and besieged Dr. Jordan with polite hissings and specious proofs.
Alfred Bester -- The Demolished Man
Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts.
George Washington -- Washington’s Farewell Address
1 This was but another name more specious for the independence of the members on the federal head.
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay -- The Federalist Papers
And since I know of no heroes about More to be praised than the truly devout And nothing at all with greater appeal Than the holy fervor of saintly zeal, So too nothing could be more odious Than the white-washed face of a zeal that’s specious, Or these frank charlatans, seeking places, Whose false and sacrilegious double faces Exploit our love of God and make a game Of our reverence for Christ’s holy name.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere -- Tartuffe
Isn’t that young lady Polly Simpson?" asked Jimmy, with specious guile.