Specious Spe"cious, a. [L. speciosusgood-looking, beautiful, specious, fr. species look, show, appearance; cf. F. sp['e]coeux. See {Species}.] 1. Presenting a pleasing appearance; pleasing in form or look; showy. [1913 Webster]

Some [serpents] specious and beautiful to the eye. --Bp. Richardson. [1913 Webster]

The rest, far greater part, Will deem in outward rites and specious forms Religion satisfied. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; appearing well at first view; plausible; as, specious reasoning; a specious argument. [1913 Webster]

Misled for a moment by the specious names of religion, liberty, and property. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

In consequence of their greater command of specious expression. --J. Morley. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Plausible; showy; ostensible; colorable; feasible. See {Plausible}. [1913 Webster] -- {Spe"xious*ly}, adv. -- {Spe"cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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  • specious — specious, spurious Specious, like the Latin word speciosus from which it is derived, began its life meaning ‘having a fine outward appearance’ (from Latin species ‘outward form’), but in the 17c acquired the unfavourable connotations that now… …   Modern English usage

  • specious — I adjective affected, apparent, appearing, artificial, assumed, believable, bogus, casuistic, casuistical, colorable, colored, convincing, counterfeit, credible, deceiving, deceptive, deluding, delusive, delusory, erroneous, exterior, external,… …   Law dictionary

  • specious — [spē′shəs] adj. [ME, fair, beautiful < L speciosus, showy, beautiful, plausible < species, look, show, appearance: see SPECIES] 1. seeming to be good, sound, correct, logical, etc. without really being so; plausible but not genuine… …   English World dictionary

  • specious — (adj.) c.1400, pleasing to the sight, fair, from L. speciosus good looking, beautiful, from species appearance (see SPECIES (Cf. species)). Meaning seemingly desirable, reasonable or probable, but not really so is first recorded 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

  • specious — *plausible, believable, colorable, credible Analogous words: *vain, nugatory, empty, hollow, idle: delusory, delusive, *misleading, deceptive: deceitful, *dishonest, untruthful, mendacious, lying …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • specious — [adj] misleading apparent, apparently right, beguiling, captious, casuistic, colorable, credible, deceptive, delusive, empty, erroneous, fallacious, false, flattering, hollow, idle, illogical, inaccurate, incorrect, likely, nugatory, ostensible,… …   New thesaurus

  • specious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) superficially plausible, but actually wrong. 2) misleading in appearance. DERIVATIVES speciously adverb speciousness noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «beautiful»: from Latin speciosus fair, plausible …   English terms dictionary

  • specious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. plausible, ostensible, apparent, casuistic, insincere; deceptive. See falsehood, imagination.Ant., logical, sincere. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. plausible, credible, colorable, beguiling, deceptive …   English dictionary for students

  • specious — [[t]spi͟ːʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is specious seems to exist or be true, but is not real or true. [FORMAL] It is unlikely that the Duke was convinced by such specious arguments. Syn: false …   English dictionary

  • specious — adjective Etymology: Middle English, visually pleasing, from Latin speciosus beautiful, plausible, from species Date: 1513 1. obsolete showy 2. having deceptive attraction or allure 3. having a false look of truth or genuineness ; sophistic <… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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