specious

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specious

plausible but false; based on pretense; deceptively pleasing: His incorrect conclusion arose from specious reasoning.
Not to be confused with:
spacious – large in expanse or scope; roomy: a spacious auditorium

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