spurious
[ spyoor-ee-uhs ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Late 16th century; Latinfrom Latin spurius ‘false’ + -ous
Synonyms
    1.
  • bogus
  • false
  • fake
  • phony
    2.
  • unavailable
Antonyms
    1.
  • genuine
  • real
  • true
  • valid
    2.
  • unavailable
Definition
1.not being what it purports to be; false or fake
2.(of offspring) illegitimate
Examples
1.A) The cashier carefully inspected the large bill to ensure it wasn't spurious. B) I had a gut feeling that the diamond I bought from the low-end jewelry store was spurious.
2.A) Decades ago, single mothers would often leave town to have their babies so that no one knew they had a spurious child. B) It broke the mother's heart to hear the other school kids teasing her child for being spurious.
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