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spe·cious

 (spē′shəs)
adj.
1. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
2. Deceptively appealing: "It is easy enough to give the old idea [of programmatic music] a specious air of modernity" (Aaron Copland).

[Middle English, attractive, from Latin speciōsus, from speciēs, appearance; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

spe′cious·ly adv.
spe′ci·os′i·ty (-shē-ŏs′ĭ-tē), spe′cious·ness (-shəs-nĭs) n.

specious

(ˈspiːʃəs)
adj
1. apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false
2. deceptively attractive in appearance
[C14 (originally: fair): from Latin speciōsus plausible, from speciēs outward appearance, from specere to look at]
ˈspeciously adv
ˈspeciousness n

spe•cious

(ˈspi ʃəs)

adj.
1. apparently true or right though lacking real merit; not genuine.
2. deceptively attractive.
3. Obs. pleasing to the eye.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin speciōsus fair, good-looking <speci(ēs) (see species)]
spe′cious•ly, adv.
spe′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.specious - plausible but false; "a specious claim"; "spurious inferences"
false - not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality; "gave false testimony under oath"; "false tales of bravery"
2.specious - based on pretensespecious - based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

specious

adjective fallacious, misleading, deceptive, plausible, unsound, sophistic, sophistical, casuistic The Duke was not convinced by such specious arguments.

specious

adjective
1. Containing fundamental errors in reasoning:
Translations

specious

[ˈspiːʃəs] ADJespecioso

specious

adj argument, proposal, logicvordergründig bestechend; excusefadenscheinig; claimunfundiert, fadenscheinig; charm, phrasesleer; nonsensehohl

specious

[ˈspiːʃəs] adj (frm) → specioso/a
References in classic literature ?
The Cat replied, "Although you abound in specious apologies, I shall not remain supperless"; and he made a meal of him.
Reduce the hostile chiefs by inflicting damage on them; and make trouble for them, and keep them constantly engaged; hold out specious allurements, and make them rush to any given point.
It was his fatal habit of self-depreciation that was making Claire's words so specious as he stood there trying to cast them from his mind.
The specious present includes elements at all stages on the journey from sensation to image.
Would there be no danger of their being flattered into neutrality by its specious promises, or seduced by a too great fondness for peace to decline hazarding their tranquillity and present safety for the sake of neighbors, of whom perhaps they have been jealous, and whose importance they are content to see diminished?
Two streams of people filled the sidewalks--the home-hurrying, and that restless contingent that abandons home for the specious welcome of the thousand-candle-power
Wasn't there light in the fact which, as we shared our solitude, broke out with a specious glitter it had never yet quite worn?
They, however, who patronise these traditions give us very specious accounts of the zeal and piety of the Abyssins at their first conversion.
On the other hand, it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government.
This system of polity does indeed recommend itself by its good appearance and specious pretences to humanity; and when first proposed to any one, must give him great pleasure, as he will conclude it to be a wonderful bond of friendship, connecting all to all; particularly when any one censures the evils which are now to be found in society, as arising from properties not being common, I mean the disputes which happen between man and man, upon their different contracts with each other; those judgments which are passed in court in consequence of fraud, and perjury, and flattering the rich, none of which arise from properties being private, but from the vices of mankind.
The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations.
Sir," said Athos, "permit me to tell you, that your reasoning, though specious in appearance, nevertheless wants consistency, as regards me.