spurious

[ spyoor-ee-uhs ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

Late 16th century; Latin

from Latin spurius ‘false’ + -ous

Synonyms

    1.
  • n/a
    2.
  • bogus
  • false
  • fake
  • phony

Antonyms

    1.
  • n/a
    2.
  • genuine
  • real
  • true
  • valid

Definition

1. (of offspring) illegitimate
2. not being what it purports to be; false or fake

Examples

1. 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.
2. 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.

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