speciousness


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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.
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Noun1.speciousness - an appearance of truth that is false or deceptivespeciousness - an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility; "the speciousness of his argument"
deceptiveness, obliquity - the quality of being deceptive
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speciousness

noun
Plausible but invalid reasoning:
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Translations

speciousness

[ˈspiːʃəsnɪs] Nlo especioso
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speciousness

n (of argument)Vordergründigkeit f; (of excuse)Fadenscheinigkeit f; (of claim)Unfundiertheit f
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References in classic literature ?
Indeed, Pierre Bon-Bon, from what I have been able to understand of his disposition, was of all men the least likely to be imposed upon by any speciousness of exterior deportment.
Other words synonymous with hypocrisy include: sanctimoniousness, pietism, piousness, affected superiority, false virtue, triteness, humbug, pretense, posturing, speciousness, insincerity, falsity, deceptiveness, deceitfulness, dishonesty, dissimulation, duplicity, impersonation, two-facedness, double-dealing, etc.
By playing with absolute seriousness a game known beforehand to be thoroughly specious, the dissertation manages to demonstrate this speciousness according to the game's own rules, bringing Eliot to the point where he is able to realize the claim of his argument by quitting the game.
The works on view--and the installation itself, which included a pair of corresponding low-volume soundscapes created by Raphael Sohier--not surprisingly engaged with topics familiar from the author's books: physical and affectual marginality; a kind of garish forced happiness that papers over fundamental anomie; authenticity of all types (especially of the French cultural sort) devolving into speciousness.
In this sense, Montemayor takes the sensorial present to capture the "speciousness" of James's specious present: "it provides a representation of simultaneity at the organism level (a representation of cross-modal stimuli that are not simultaneous as simultaneous).
Those fluent in Latin would have been more attuned to Antichrist's subtle mishandling of the biblical passages, and they likely would have discerned Antichrist's speciousness earlier than those who did not know the language.
speciousness of attempts, including those of the Ramists, to reduce
This was consistent with the overall cynical tone of the production, which highlighted the speciousness of political rhetoric and undermined public declarations of loyalty or affection, in accordance with the underlying ironic tone of Shakespeare's play.
Agencies thus have a greater resistance to technical speciousness, even
Returning back to the problem of the inherent speciousness of statistics specific to the vulnerable Turkish economy, I would like to point particularly to the issue of debt.
And what crucial details these are-not only would they have given the banner story the dimension of reason it so needed, they would have alerted the readers to the speciousness of Alentajan's arguments.