Definitions

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  • n. falsehood of speech

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Falsehood of speech.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of lying; falsehood of speech; mendacity; lying.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek false + speech: compare French pseudologie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “I will reply to you, sir,” returned the scholar, “without any pseudology, I have no prurience towards divinity; theology, sir, has never been a favourite study of mine, and I am fixed in the intention of taking a voyage round the world in search of knowledge, with my erudite friend Erasmus Peters.

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  • Gotcha. :-) I mean, who knew? It could refer to fake Barbie dolls, or perhaps the study of suede. You just never know.

    July 2, 2007

  • Emphasis on "imagine" rather than "think" here. I had not thought the word meant anything, because I was unacquainted with it!

    My first reaction when I saw it was that it *could* be a neologism meaning pseudo analogy. I was delighted to learn what it actually does mean.

    July 2, 2007

  • Just curious--what had you thought it meant?

    July 2, 2007

  • Good heavens! This is actually a word with a history, however facetious. And it does not mean what I would imagine it to mean.

    July 1, 2007