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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

SPECIOUS: "Plausible but false; Based on pretense; deceptively pleasing"

"a specious claim"

SYNONYM: Meretricious
specious \SPEE-shuhs\, adjective:
1. Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; as, "specious reasoning; a specious argument."
2. Deceptively pleasing or attractive.
A specious theory is confuted by this free and perfect experiment.
-- Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Specious is from Latin speciosus, from species, "appearance," from specere, "to look at."
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