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specious

adjective

1 specious

Plausible but false:
— A specious claim.

synonym: spurious.

Roget 937: vindicated, vindicating etc. v.; exculpatory; apologetic.    excusable, defensible, pardonable; venial, veniable; specious, plausible, justifiable.    ... show more

Roget 472: probable, likely, hopeful, to be expected, in a fair way.    plausible, specious, ostensible, colorable, ben trovato [It], well-founded, reasonable, credible, easy of belief, ... show more

Roget 477: intuitive, instinctive, impulsive; independent of reason, anterior to reason; gratuitous, hazarded; unconnected.    unreasonable, illogical, false, unsound, invalid; unwarranted, ... show more

Roget 933: flattering etc. v.; adulatory; mealy-mouthed, honey-mouthed; honeyed; smooth, smooth-tongued; soapy, oily, unctuous, blandiloquent, specious; ... show more



2 specious

Based on pretense; deceptively pleasing.

synonyms: gilded, glossy, meretricious.

Roget 845: beautiful, beauteous; handsome; gorgeous; pretty; lovely, graceful, elegant, prepossessing; attractive etc. (inviting) 615; delicate, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: Barmecidal, Barmecide, airy, alleged, apparent, apparently sound, apparitional, autistic, avowed, beguiling, casuistic, chimeric, claimed, colorable, colored, conceivable, deceptive, delusional, delusionary, delusive ... show more.

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