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Don’t be fooled by such spurious arguments.
  false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
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spurious spuriously spuriousness
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  • Don’t be fooled by such spurious arguments.
  • That spurious claim has already been dismissed by the court.
  • She’s so charming, it’s difficult to see past the spurious smile.
  • ...these all provided a spurious chain of evidence and Comrade Fiedler, on whose ambitions the British so accurately counted, accepted it;
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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  • ...yet to them their funerals and graves, the little puny affirmations of spurious immortality set above their slumber, are of incalculable importance.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The rural children who could, usually brought clippings from what they called The Grit Paper, a publication spurious in the eyes of Miss Gates, our teacher.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ...and when in each instance the witness was shown photographs of Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, he had identified the former as the author of the spurious checks, the latter as his "silent" accomplice.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • This response of the schoolboy lies at the bottom of all the spurious profundity which has been attributed to...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • These are spurious claims.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Nods with spurious confidence.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

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  • Pain had exposed the nerves and given the face a kind of spurious intelligence.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Each was too proud to increase the pressure, but neither withdrew it, and a spurious unity descended on them, as local and temporary as the gleam that inhabits a firefly.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Was she one and the same with the spurious Wagon Lit attendant?
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • "Re’lar Ambrose, in the future you will refrain from wasting our time with spurious charges."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • For within these confessions it will be discovered that we really have no acquaintance with true evil; the evil portrayed in most novels and plays and movies is mediocre if not spurious, a shoddy concoction generally made up of violence, fantasy, neurotic terror and melodrama.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Once the searing effect of swallowing the stuff had passed, it did induce a certain spurious calmness.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Nights, I spent reading Eugene Onegin or else poring over one of Welty’s many furniture books (my favorite: an ancient two-volume work called Chippendale Furniture: Genuine and Spurious) or Janson’s fat and satisfying History of Art.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Milo nodded with spurious vim to indicate he still understood and then sat silent, ruminating gravely with troubled misgiving.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A few lines thought spurious or out of place in antiquity, and later, have been omitted from the translation.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • That I should innocently take a bad half-crown of somebody else’s manufacture is reasonable enough; but that I should knowingly reckon the spurious coin of my own make as good money!
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He said it in a tone of spurious politeness intended to be recognized as spurious, the tone of tossing to a beggar the alms of face-saving.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The resonant voice of the Hungarian was about to prevail in ridicule of the spurious lutes of the romantic painters when Segouin shepherded his party into politics.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Her tone was spuriously jolly.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • To wit, that a spurious Prince of Wales was being feasted by the city in his stead.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • An example was prolefeed, meaning the rubbishy entertainment and spurious news which the Party handed out to the masses.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • For the Princess: a little, very temporary, return to, recapture of, the spurious glory.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Again Brown’s voice came, high, full of alarm and spurious threat: "Don’t you hit me!"
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • When Owen suggested that Deysel had been reduced to "serving as a token black woman to give the team a spurious South Africanism," Woodall threatened to kill both Owen and his wife.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She liked the park because, however spuriously, it re-created something of the landscape she had known.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Her mother, with the idea of a career for Rosemary, would not tolerate any such spurious substitutes as the excitations available on all sides, and indeed Rosemary was already beyond that—she was In the movies but not at all At them.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • And when they’re used consciously, do they turn spurious?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "I am afraid you cannot see her—she is an invalid," replied the present representative of the spurious house; for this was Mr Alec, the only son of the lately deceased gentleman.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Could a spurious countess have real furs?
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • She stood in the doorway, a few feet behind him, one hand on the doorknob—a portrait of spurious hesitancy about making another full entrance into the room.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • The fellow (gentleman, as he styled himself) can hardly have been other than a spurious interloper; for, instead of seeking office from the king or the royal governor, or urging his hereditary claim to Eastern lands, he bethought himself of no better avenue to wealth than by cutting a shop-door through the side of his ancestral residence.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Though a wellpreserved man of no little stamina, if a trifle prone to baldness, there was something spurious in the cut of his jib that suggested a jail delivery and it required no violent stretch of imagination to associate such a weirdlooking specimen with the oakum and treadmill fraternity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Like Balaam and other unwilling prophets, the agents seem moved by an inner compulsion to say and do their allotted parts whether they will or no. This unweeting manner of performance is the true ring by which, in this refurbishing age, a fossilized survival may be known from a spurious reproduction.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The payment of our gov-ernment’s debts—even to the "bloated bondholders" of Wall Street—in a debased, inflated currency, as the Bland Bill encouraged and the accompanying Matthews Resolution specifically provided, was an ethical wrong and a practical mistake, he felt, certain to embarrass our standing in the eyes of the world, and promoted not as a permanent financial program but as a spurious relief bill to alleviate the nation’s economic distress.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The gale had ministered to a heroism as spurious as its own pretence of terror.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The cellar of the barn was spuriously cool, dank, smelling of cobwebs and earthwater.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Kitsch is the epitome of all that is spurious in the life of our times.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • 10 If elections are held every year, there wouldn’t be enough time to investigate spurious elections.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The spurious prudence, making the senses final, is the god of sots and cowards, and is the subject of all comedy.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • But already Johnnie knew that the spurious elegance of this young person’s appearance was not what she wished to emulate.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • "If all goes well," the attorney Giuliani echoed, in the same voice that he would have used to draw attention to a spurious clause in a contract.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • If society chooses to provide for its Irises better than for its working women, it must not expect honest playwrights to manufacture spurious evidence to save its credit.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • In the absence of any true aristocracy, the public service creates a spurious one, which is as much an object of ambition as the distinctions of rank in aristocratic countries.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But the "Whitechapel" edition, besides being a fragment, abounds in such corrupt and probably spurious lines, as we have mentioned elsewhere, and is hardly to be trusted.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Shakespeare is treated as a dramatist, and in so far as his popularity is not spurious, it is held to be due to tricks of stagecraft which give good opportunities to clever actors.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
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