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False or counterfeit; fake.

[From pseudo-.]


informal not genuine; pretended


(ˈsu doʊ)

adj., n., pl. -dos. adj.
1. false or spurious; sham; pretended.
2. a false or pretentious person.


a combining form meaning “false,” “pretended,” “unreal” (pseudoclassic; pseudointellectual), “closely or deceptively resembling” (pseudocarp).
Also, esp. before a vowel,pseud-.
[< Greek, comb. form of pseudḗs false, pseûdos falsehood]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pseudo - a person who makes deceitful pretensespseudo - a person who makes deceitful pretenses
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
name dropper - someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends
ringer - a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
Adj.1.pseudo - (often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of; "a pseudo esthete"; "pseudoclassic"
combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"


[ˈsjuːdəʊ] ADJfarsante, fraudulento; [person] → fingido; (person's character) → artificial, afectado


= pseud ADJ
(= pretended)unecht; affection, simplicityaufgesetzt; pseudo revolutionary/intellectualPseudorevolutionär(in) m(f)/-intellektuelle(r) mf
n = pseud N


[ˈsjuːdəʊ] adj (fam) → fasullo/a, finto/a
References in classic literature ?
Henry III had always been accounted a good swordsman, but that day he quite outdid himself, and in his imagination was about to run the pseudo De Montfort through the heart, to the wild acclaim of his audience.
As soon as a preacher or pseudo prophet of the kind gets followers enough, he either takes command of the tribe, or branches off and sets up an independent chief and "medicine man.
said the pseudo friar, and was endeavouring to hurry past, when a soft voice replied,