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Wiktionary

  1. speciousadjective

    Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.

    Synonyms:
    meretricious

  2. speciousadjective

    Synonyms:
    insincere, fallacious

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. specious

    Synonyms:
    plausible, showy, ostensible, colorable, fair-spoken

    Antonyms:
    inadmissible, self-contradictory, absurd, unreasonable

Princeton's WordNet

  1. specious, spuriousadjective

    plausible but false

    "a specious claim"; "spurious inferences"

    Synonyms:
    gilded, bastardly, misbegot, misbegotten, meretricious, spurious, inauthentic, unauthentic

    Antonyms:
    true, sincere

  2. gilded, meretricious, speciousadjective

    based on pretense; deceptively pleasing

    "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"

    Synonyms:
    tawdry, flashy, garish, gilded, luxurious, gimcrack, meretricious, tacky, aureate, trashy, golden, flash, spurious, sumptuous, loud, brassy, cheap, princely, gold, grand, deluxe, tatty, gaudy, gilt, opulent

    Antonyms:
    true, sincere

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. speciousadjective

    Synonyms:
    fair (apparently, but not really), plausible, colorable, ostensible

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. speciousadjective

    Synonyms:
    plausible, obvious, manifest

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "specious":

    fallacious, paradoxical, misleading, deceptive

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How to use specious in a sentence?

  1. Buckminster Fuller:

    We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must  justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors & people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school & think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along & told them they had to earn a living.”

  2. Don Barthelme:

    The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

  3. Bernard Mandeville:

    Ashamed of the many frailties they feel within, all men endeavor to hide themselves, their ugly nakedness, from each other, and wrapping up the true motives of their hearts in the specious cloak of sociableness, and their concern for the public good, they are in hopes of concealing their filthy appetites and the deformity of their desires.

  4. Geoff Kelly:

    These thieves were not sophisticated criminals, as evidenced by the fact that two of the paintings were cut out of their frames, the significant value of the stolen artwork seems to have elevated the status of the thieves to master criminals but that's a specious assumption.

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