American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
- adj. Deceptively attractive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pleasing to the eye; externally fair or showy; appearing beautiful or charming; sightly; beautiful.
- Superficially fair, just, or correct; appearing well; apparently right; plausible; beguiling: as, specious reasoning; a specious argument; a specious person or book.
- Appearing actual, or in reality; actually existing; not imaginary.
- Pertaining to species or a species.
- Synonyms Colorable, Plausible, etc. See ostensible.
- adj. Seemingly well-reasoned or factual, but actually fallacious or insincere; strongly held but false.
- adj. Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
- adj. obsolete Beautiful, pleasing to look at.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Presenting a pleasing appearance; pleasing in form or look; showy.
- adj. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; appearing well at first view; plausible.
- adj. based on pretense; deceptively pleasing
- adj. plausible but false
- From Latin speciōsus ("good-looking"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, attractive, from Latin speciōsus, from speciēs, appearance; see spek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She is what I call a specious pig, and why she wanted to send me a Christmas card I simply can't imagine.”
“Fanatics, on both sides of this debate, place themselves in specious, non-tenable positions because theyâ€ ™ re not thinking completely through their positions.”
“The ambassador condescended to justify, or excuse, the conduct of his master; and to protest, in specious language, that the murder of Gratian had been perpetrated, without his knowledge or consent, by the precipitate zeal of the soldiers.”
“As a gun owner and a woman who has permit to carry, this whole argument that Obama will take away your guns in specious.”
“Night Shyamalan film about the crop circles to be quite specious, that is , Mel Gibson making some kind of deal with God to cure his son's asthma...but I have trouble with Shyamalan 's dialogue in any case.”
“Bart" DePalma loves moving the goalposts or "reframing the issue", or "begging the question", or whatever you want to call his specious form of argumentation:”
“But it does apparently open the gates to what might be called specious critiques.”
“The so called specious bonus payments made to the anointed ones at AIG amount to less than. 001\% of the total "loans" made to the corp. by Uncle Sammy.”
“I say "specious" because they had renewed their visas on time; it was the federal government that took nine months to a year to process the paperwork, then arrested them for having an expired visa.”
“These concerns are "specious," according to Schachter, in a long comment on the web post of the story.”
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you know that thing where the Eskimos have 50 words for snow?
Commonly used words with multiple meanings, the others being obscure or rarely used. Good to know for that dang analogy exam.
words i need to memorize
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