This was a spurious idea.
An example of spurious is the prediction that the world would end on December 21, 2012.
- Now Rare illegitimate; bastard
- not true or genuine; false; counterfeit
- Bot. like in appearance but unlike in structure or function
- Radio designating or of an unwanted signal transmitted or received at other than the desired frequency
Origin of spuriousClassical Latin spurius, illegitimate (in LL, false), origin, originally , a bastard from Etruscan
- Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine: spurious poems attributed to Shakespeare.
- Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious: spurious reasoning; a spurious justification.
- Archaic Born to unwed parents.
Origin of spuriousFrom Late Latin spurius from Latin illegitimate probably of Etruscan origin
(comparative more spurious, superlative most spurious)
From Late Latin spurius (“illegitimate, bastardly"), from spurcus (“foul, base, low")