Spurious Definition

Illegitimate; bastard.
Webster's New World
Not true or genuine; false; counterfeit.
Webster's New World
Not trustworthy; dubious or fallacious.
Spurious reasoning; a spurious justification.
American Heritage
Like in appearance but unlike in structure or function.
Webster's New World
Born to unwed parents.
American Heritage

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

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