• WordNet 3.6
    • adj spurious intended to deceive "a spurious work of art"
    • adj spurious born out of wedlock "the dominions of both rulers passed away to their spurious or doubtful offspring"- E.A.Freeman"
    • adj spurious plausible but false "a specious claim","spurious inferences"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spurious Not legitimate; bastard; as, spurious issue. "Her spurious firstborn."
    • Spurious Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spurious Not legitimate; bastard: as, spurious issue.
    • spurious Not proceeding from the true source or from the source pretended; not being what it pretends or appears to be; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterated.
    • spurious In zoology:
    • spurious False; resembling a part or organ, but not having its function: as, spurious eyes or limbs.
    • spurious Having the functions of an organ, but morphologically different from it: as, the spurious legs, or prolegs, of a caterpillar.
    • spurious Aborted or changed so that the normal functions no longer exist: as, the spurious or aborted front legs of certain butterflies.
    • spurious Erroneous; incorrectly established: as, a spurious genus or species. See pseudogenus.
    • spurious In botany, false; counterfeit; apparent only.
    • spurious Synonyms Spurious, Supposititious, and Counterfeit agree in expressing intent to deceive, except that counterfeit may be used with figurative lightness where no dishonorable purpose is implied. Spurious, not genuine, expresses strong disapprobation of the deception, successful or attempted. Supposititious applies only to that which is substituted for the genuine; it thus expresses a class under the spurious: a supposititious work of Athanasius is not one that is supposed to have been written by him, but one that is palmed off upon the public as being the genuine text of a work that he is known to have written; a supposititious child is a changeling; was the Tichborne claimant the genuine or a supposititious Sir Roger? Counterfeit applies also to a class under the spurious—namely, to that which is made in attempted imitation of something else: as, a counterfeit coin, bank-note, signature. Chatterton's manuscripts were spurious, but not supposititious; as they were not exact imitations of any particular manuscripts of early days, they would hardly be called counterfeit. See factitious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Spurious spūr′i-us illegitimate: bastard: not genuine: false: resembling an organ, but without its function, or having the functions of an organ while morphologically different
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spurius,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spurius, false.


In literature:

He now assists Perky to circulate the spurious medium of exchange.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Some folks there be who seem to need excitement fast and furious, An' reckon all the joys that have no thrill in 'em are spurious.
"The Path to Home" by Edgar A. Guest
By referring to the comedies that you know, verify the statement, "The spurious prudence ... is the subject of all comedy" (p. 165).
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
No one seems to object to any of them as spurious.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
Gives a list and account of the spurious documents.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
There were scenes of spurious passion.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
While holding the paper in my hands I glanced over it hastily, and saw the marks of a spurious document.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
All others are spurious imitations.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 3, September 1864" by Various
Warburton marks this line as spurious.
"The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare
It is the old mistake of Bentley and other commentators, to think that whatever is wrong must be spurious.
"Notes and Queries, Number 73, March 22, 1851" by Various
There is much spurious love about.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
These spurious forms, fortunately or unfortunately, soon betray themselves.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
He could identify the spurious article as easily as an expert detects counterfeit money.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
What is spurious but the absurd and the hollow which brings no fruit.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
The cold science of Han is superior to your spurious knowledge.
"The Airlords of Han" by Philip Francis Nowlan
With a spurious gaiety she patted her small black hand-bag.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
Examination instantly detected the spurious character of the deed, which had been fabricated by the attorney.
"A Book About Lawyers" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
All of these but the two great epics are now, however, considered as spurious.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The new collection was written in Mohammed's own pure Meccan dialect, and every spurious copy was burnt.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
As it was, she came to it by degrees, and by degrees also she realized that our other floor coverings were poor, base, and spurious.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine

In poetry:

There was my brother Spurious,
Spurious Posthumous,
Spurious was Spurious,
Was four Romans.
"Tenuous and Precarious" by Stevie Smith
"May God attend, my bitter prayer!
Some high-born spouse be thine,
Whose wanton arts shall mock thy care,
And spurious be thy line.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
Who call him spurious and shoddy
Shall do it o'er my lifeless body.
I heartily invite such birds
To come outside and say those words!
"Charles Dickens" by Dorothy Parker
The spurious prince still seeks to extirpate
The seed of natures born imperial--
Like Herod, Caiaphas, Meletus, all
Who by bad acts sustain their stolen state.
"Sonnet XV." by Tommaso Campanella
That, my friend? Now, it is curious
You should hit upon the spurious!
'Tis a door to nowhere, that;
Never soul went in thereat;
Lies behind, a limy wall
Hung with cobwebs, that is all.
"My Room" by George MacDonald
Beware of ruins; the heart is apt to make
Monstrous assumptions on the unburied past;
Though cleverly restored, the Tudor tower
Is spurious, the facade a fake
Whose new face is a death-mask of the last
Despairing effort before it all went sour.
"Beware of Ruins" by A D Hope

In news:

But after the Post's Robert Fife made spurious headlines with it, everybody followed.
When Spurious Precision won the Saratoga Special at the Spa last month, it was natural for owner and trainer to think about the future.
Top 2-Year-Old Spurious Precision Euthanized.
Spurious Precision, the undefeated winner of the Aug 12 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr II), was euthanized the morning of Sept 19.
Spurious Precision, the winner of the Grade II Saratoga Special on Aug 12, was euthanized on Tuesday after fracturing his knee in a Monday workout at Aqueduct, according to multiple reports.
McDowell's thought for the day is spurious .
Spurious Precision Honest in Saratoga Special.
Spurious Precision wins the Saratoga Special.
Raul Castro's spurious offer to talk with U.S. Slaying the monstrous tax code is no easy task.
Because their tyres aren't up to scratch, either worn out or having been sourced from spurious suppliers.
The ink on President Barack Obama's massive stimulus plan hadn't dried before spurious Websites sprouted up promising to get Americans a piece of the billion dollar pie.
This week on The Marketplace of Ideas, Colin Marshall talks to novelist and philosopher Lars Iyer, author the blog Spurious and the new novel Spurious.
Barack Obama's spurious recess appointments made when the Senate was not in recess.
The bureau's director, Richard Cordray, was installed by one of Barack Obama's spurious recess appointments made when the Senate was not in recess.
Spurious stakeholders muck up true Neighborhood Council-fueled empowerment in Los Angeles.

In science:

If uncorrected, this aliasing would introduce spurious features into the power spectrum.
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
This creates the possibility that the spurious correlations and cross-talk, which are expected to arise in the correlations between the fields in those parts of the two apertures which are the nearest, may be isolated.
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
In the NJL model this is done via a regularization method, which has to comply with several properties, like gauge invariance and scaling in the high energy limit, i.e. the absence of spurious logarithmic corrections.
Pion Structure at High and Low Energies in Chiral Quark Models
The restriction of the summation over m to values m > −M0 is needed to avoid large spurious contributions from m < −M0 .
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model
Quantum Monte Carlo simulations utilizing the technique of multiplying weights together often give spurious results when one calculates expectation values of operators.
The Lognormal Distribution and Quantum Monte Carlo Data
It clearly corresponds to the appearance of an RPA spurious mode connected with the broken rotational symmetry, which in the limit Np → ∞ should lie at zero energy.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
Fig. 2) and, therefore, their RPA spectra should display spurious solutions.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
Xm These equations generalize the result known in the literature by introducing an additional term related to the canonical variables of the spurious mode {Lz , Φ}.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
In fact, for this dot the spurious mode separation (Fig. 4), the ground state energy (Fig. 6), and the density (Fig. 10) are all indicating that convergence with number of particle states is rather slow and, therefore, very difficult to be achieved in a numerical calculation.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
This type of states have been predicted for quantum dots in large magnetic fields and the question arises what collective spurious modes will be associated with them.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
We input the exposure map into each wavdetect run to avoid detection of spurious sources from such features as charge transfer streaks.
Revealing the Supernova Remnant Population of M33 with Chandra
If the LG frame redshifts are used as distance indicators then there will be a spurious contribution from the galaxies that are in the direction of the LG motion.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
Dirac’s formalism avoids spurious terms in the response function of constrained systems.
Phase space flows for non-Hamiltonian systems with constraints
Dirac’s recipe, for pro jecting out the spurious dynamics of constrained variables, is first generalized to arbitrary time-translation operators and then applied to non-Hamiltonian Liouville operators which cannot be derived from brackets.
Phase space flows for non-Hamiltonian systems with constraints
LI (t) spuriously impose on the constraints.
Phase space flows for non-Hamiltonian systems with constraints