Definition of pseudo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsjuːdəʊ/


1Not genuine; sham: a pseudo Georgian facade
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  • In appraising the mass of evidence, which has thus been collected, one has to be careful to weed out pseudo from genuine research.
  • SYNTHETIC SNAKESKIN - Similar to synthetic leathers, pseudo snakeskins have a fabric backing which makes them less fragile than real snakeskins.
  • These models served as a pseudo laboratory to examine the effectiveness of various fiscal and monetary policies in smoothing out economic fluctuations.
2 informal Pretentious or insincere: his lyrics sound like pseudo intellectual rubbish
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  • This is no shallow babbling from a pseudo intellectual or a ‘celebrity’ activist, for the mother of three has studied Islamic teachings all her life.
  • These vapid pseudo intellectuals are the problem with today's law schools.
  • Nowhere did one find any of the sloppy grammar and syntax so much loved by today's pseudo intellectuals.
bogus, sham, phoney, imitation, artificial, mock, ersatz, quasi-, fake, feigned, pretended, false, faux, spurious, counterfeit, fraudulent, deceptive, misleading, assumed, contrived, affected, insincere
informal pretend, put-on
British informal cod

noun (plural pseudos)

A pretentious or insincere person: the undiscriminating, arty chat of a campus pseudo
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  • ‘I told you, we have had an overdose of these pseudos whom you so fondly call secularists.’
  • Csicop is described as ‘a defensive league ‘of American scientists whose ‘basic aim is to argue that the ‘paranormal’ does not exist, and is an invention of ‘cranks’ and ‘pseudos.’


Late Middle English: independent use of pseudo-.

Words that rhyme with pseudo

escudo, judo, ludo, testudo, Trudeau

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