The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

3 definitions found
 for specious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
        [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
          [1913 Webster] -- Spe"xious*ly, adv. --
          Spe"cious*ness, n.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: plausible but false; "a specious claim"; "spurious
             inferences" [syn: specious, spurious]
      2: based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and
         perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious
         praise"; "a meretricious argument" [syn: gilded,
         meretricious, specious]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "specious":
     Barmecidal, Barmecide, airy, alleged, apparent, apparently sound,
     apparitional, autistic, avowed, beguiling, casuistic, chimeric,
     claimed, colorable, colored, conceivable, deceptive, delusional,
     delusionary, delusive, delusory, dereistic, disingenuous,
     dreamlike, dreamy, empty, erroneous, fallacious, false, fantastic,
     gilded, hollow, hypocritical, idle, illogical, illusional,
     illusionary, illusive, illusory, imaginary, in name only,
     inaccurate, incorrect, insincere, jesuitic, likely, meretricious,
     misleading, nugatory, ostensible, overrefined, oversubtle,
     phantasmagoric, phantasmal, phantom, philosophistic, plausible,
     possible, presumable, presumed, pretended, pretexted, professed,
     purported, seeming, self-deceptive, self-deluding, so-called,
     sophistic, sophistical, spectral, spurious, superficial, supposed,
     supposititious, tinsel, unactual, unfounded, unreal, unsound,
     unsubstantial, untrue, vain, visionary, wrong

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229