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English Dictionary: spurious by the DICT Development Group
2 results for spurious
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. plausible but false; "a specious claim"; "spurious inferences"
    Synonym(s): specious, spurious
  2. born out of wedlock; "the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring"- E.A.Freeman
    Synonym(s): bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten, spurious
  3. intended to deceive; "a spurious work of art"
    Synonym(s): inauthentic, unauthentic, spurious
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spurious \Spu"ri*ous\, a. [L. spurius.]
      1. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source
            pretended; not genuine; false; adulterate.
      2. Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. [bd]Her
            spurious firstborn.[b8] --Milton.
      {Spurious primary}, [or] {Spurious quill} (Zo[94]l.), the
            first, or outer, primary quill when rudimentary or much
            reduced in size, as in certain singing birds.
      {Spurious wing} (Zo[94]l.), the bastard wing, or alula.
      Syn: Counterfeit; false; adulterate; supposititious;
               fictitious; bastard. -- {Spu"ri*ous*ly}, adv. --
               {Spu"ri*ous*ness}, n.
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