Spurious definition

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Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit.
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Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious.

Spurious reasoning; a spurious justification.

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(bot.) Like in appearance but unlike in structure or function.
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The definition of spurious is something that is not true.

An example of spurious is the prediction that the world would end on December 21, 2012.

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Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine.

Spurious poems attributed to Shakespeare.

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(archaic) Born to unwed parents.
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(now rare) Illegitimate; bastard.
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(radio) Designating or of an unwanted signal transmitted or received at other than the desired frequency.
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Origin of spurious

  • From Late Latin spurius from Latin illegitimate probably of Etruscan origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin spurius (“illegitimate, bastardly"), from spurcus (“foul, base, low")

    From Wiktionary