Word of the Day

Tuesday, February 11, 2003


\SPYUR-ee-uhs\ , adjective;
Not proceeding from the true or claimed source; not genuine; false.
Of illegitimate birth.
Some of these graves are clearly spurious and were manufactured by nineteenth-century royalists who wanted evidence of an unbroken 2,000-year-old imperial line.
-- Gale Eisenstodt, "Behind the Chrysanthemum Curtain", The Atlantic, November 1998
We need at least to separate the real issue from the spurious.
-- Eugene D. Genovese, "Getting States' Rights Right", The Atlantic, March 2001
Well, setting aside the sentimental nostalgia that elevates the "good old days" to a spurious perfection . . . the fact remains that Nellie Melba was a unique vocal phenomenon.
-- Tim Page, "For Melba a Well-Deserved Toast", Washington Post, February 9, 2003
Spurious comes from Latin spurius, "illegitimate, hence false, inauthentic."
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