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Definition false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
  • Don't be fooled by such spurious arguments.
spurious = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
  • That spurious claim has already been dismissed by the court.
  • spurious = false
  • 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
  • spurious = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
  • ...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!
  • spurious = false; or not genuine
  • 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
  • spurious = full of things that are not true
  • ...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
  • spurious = not genuine
  • These are spurious claims.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • spurious = false
  • 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
  • spurious = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible
  • Pain had exposed the nerves and given the face a kind of spurious intelligence.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • spurious = false (seeming genuine, but not really so)
  • Nods with spurious confidence.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • spurious = false
  • His questions had the spurious elevation of a scholar seeking information, but...
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • spurious = false; or not genuine
  • 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
  • spurious = false; or not genuine
  • Was she one and the same with the spurious Wagon Lit attendant?
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • spurious = false
  • 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 tone was spuriously jolly.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The cellar of the barn was spuriously cool, dank, smelling of cobwebs and earthwater.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • 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 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
  • "Re'lar Ambrose, in the future you will refrain from wasting our time with spurious charges."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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