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- n. The state or quality of being specious.
- n. The result or product of being specious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being specious; plausible appearance; fair external show: as, the speciousness of an argument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility
The passage, as it proceeds, is not without an air of speciousness, which is yet, as it appears to us, only derived from a perversion of the assumption against which it is directed.
Obama made a “weather here/weather there” comparison to specifically note the speciousness, and then went on to address the issue of trends of which certain types of weather patters are an exemplar.
The utter speciousness of your comparison in the above is embarrassing.
Is the speciousness of your argument clear enough yet?
The speciousness began right from its opening lines: “Recent reports on experiments with mice have given wide publicity to a theory that cigarette smoking is in some way linked with lung cancer in human beings.”
Henry Sidgwick's obsessively persistent speciousness, distortions and misrepresentations in the face of rational, objective evidence mark him as a person who desires the Jews eternally to be subservient to host nations.
The transparency of the speciousness of your points reveals that you don't have a clue about what the other side is fighting for.
Where do you draw the line between ignoring speciousness (Swiftboating) to your regret, and giving crap like this a little more fuel?
Essentially the same story is recounted, far more accurately as well as meaningfully, in Orson Welles's F for Fake (1974), where it delivers a radical lesson about both the speciousness of punditry and media expertise and the complicity of the audience in most hoaxes.
Confronted with this speciousness, most people have difficulty suppressing the sniggers, except that these people are deadly serious.