spurious

[spyoor-ee-uhs]
adjective
1.
not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
2.
Biology. (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) having a similar appearance but a different structure.
3.
of illegitimate birth; bastard.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin spurius bastard, perhaps < Etruscan; see -ous

spuriously, adverb
spuriousness, noun
nonspurious, adjective
nonspuriously, adverb
nonspuriousness, noun
unspurious, adjective
unspuriously, adverb
unspuriousness, noun


1. false, sham, bogus, mock, feigned, phony; meretricious, deceitful.


1. genuine.
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spurious (ˈspjʊərɪəs)
 
adj
1.  not genuine or real
2.  (of a plant part or organ) having the appearance of another part but differing from it in origin, development, or function; false: a spurious fruit
3.  (of radiation) produced at an undesired frequency by a transmitter, causing interference, etc
4.  rare illegitimate
 
[C17: from Latin spurius of illegitimate birth]
 
'spuriously
 
adv
 
'spuriousness
 
n

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spurious
1598, "born out of wedlock," from L. spurius "illegitimate, false" (cf. It. spurio, Sp. espurio), from spurius (n.) "illegitimate child," probably from Etruscan spural "public." Sense of "having an irregular origin, not properly constituted" is from 1601; that of "false, sham" is from 1615.
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spurious spu·ri·ous (spyur'ē-əs)
adj.
Similar in appearance or symptoms but unrelated in morphology or pathology; false.

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Example sentences
One of the myths about inoculation was that it did not produce a true smallpox
  in the patient but a spurious case of chicken pox.
Not to mention the spurious comma in the second sentence of the second
  paragraph.
They are likely to be as spurious as the economic models discussed.
The quote may be spurious, but it contains a grain of truth.
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