Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Illegitimacy; the state of being bastard, or not of legitimate birth: as, spuriousness of issue.
- n. The state or quality of being spurious, counterfeit, false, or not genuine: as, the spuriousness of drugs, of coin, or of writings.
- n. The property of being spurious.
- n. state of lacking genuineness
- spurious + -ness (Wiktionary)
“The first person to detect his spuriousness was a little child playing in the arched gateway of one of the walled buildings.”
“I have heard a clever critic and antiquarian declare that he is not very fond of Philae; that he feels a certain "spuriousness" in the temple due to the mingling of Greek with Egyptian influences.”
“Yet at the end of the day, the loss suffered by Russia and China as a result of the Arab Spring will not be limited to people's resentment of their stances, which reveal the spuriousness of the claim that the major figures of communism, past and present, have placed peoples first on their list of priorities.”
“They do, merely adding more spin to distract from their essential spuriousness.”
“Yapp's introduction reveals the autobiographical spuriousness of vol. II.”
“See S.M. Khan, vol. II, p. 23, for Sultan Muhammad Khan's role in bringing Pyne to Kabul, and Yapp's introduction in vol. I, p. xvii, for the autobiographical spuriousness of volume two of this text.”
“Do we remove the creepiness by revealing its spuriousness or make it all the more disturbing because it is entirely irrational?”
“Unfortunately -- aside from just the spuriousness of Clinton's invective itself -- this reinforces the perception of duplicitousness and double-talk.”
“This does not prevent us from classing Bester as "Fantasy" rather than "Science Fiction", but rather points to the spuriousness of these labels if we consider them as anything other than marketing categories.”
“The rest of the review makes clear that he did not mean to imply spuriousness.”
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