from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being specious.
  • n. pl. Specious actions, promises, ideologies, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being specious; speciousness.
  • n. That which is specious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being specious or beautiful; a beautiful show or spectacle; something delightful to the eye.
  • n. The state of being specious or plausible; a specious show; a specious person or thing.


Originated 1426–75 from Middle English speciosity (attractive), from Latin speciōsitās (beauty), from speciēs (appearance), + English -ity (noun-forming suffix). (Wiktionary)


  • It is observed in similitude, inasmuch as it forms the ground of species or form, and so is called speciosity, because beauty is nothing but numerical equality, or a certain disposition of parts accompanied with sweetness of color.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 5

  • It is unfortunate, for when Anna is stirred by the sight of him and his all-conquering speciosity, any reader is sure to protest.

    The Craft of Fiction

  • Within the 98 families with at least three genera, 59 families had a positive relationship between the speciosity of genera and the mean number of subspecies per species within those genera (one-tailed Binomial test, p = 0.027).

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  • To examine whether or not an association exists between the conservation status of species within genera and their position in Darwin's manufactory schema, all the world's bird genera were divided into four groups based on their speciosity and the richness of their subspecies.

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  • We used non-parametric Kendall correlations to test for an association between the speciosity of genera and the mean and median number of subspecies per species.

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  • The State in all European countries, and in England first of all, as I hope, will discover that its functions are now, and have long been, very wide of what the State in old pedant Downing Streets has aimed at; that the State is, for the present, not a reality but in great part a dramatic speciosity, expending its strength in practices and objects fallen many of them quite obsolete; that it must come a little nearer the true aim again, or it cannot continue in this world.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets


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