Complete Definition of "specious"

was wotd|2007|August|31
English

Etymology
From L. speciosus|speciÅsus "good-looking".

Pronunciation
italbrac|UK, US IPA|/ËspiËÊÉs/
audio|en-us-specious.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|iËÊÉs

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Seemingly well-reasoned or factual, but actually fallacious or insincere.

#: This idea that we must see through what we have started is specious, however good it may sound.

  1. Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
  2. obsolete beautiful|Beautiful, pleasing to look at.

Synonyms
sense|seemingly well-reasoned, but fallacious fallacious, insincere
sense|with appearance intended to generate a favorable response meretricious

Derived terms
speciosity
speciously
speciousness

Translations
trans-top|seemingly well-reasoned, but fallacious
Croatian: varav, prividan, tobožnji, lažan
trans-mid
French: t|fr|spécieux|m, t|fr|spécieuse|f
German: vordergründig, fadenscheinig, unfundiert, leer
trans-bottom

io:specious
ru:specious
te:specious
vi:specious

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