Definition of specious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspēSHəs/


1Superficially plausible, but actually wrong: a specious argument
More example sentences
  • This is a specious argument that he has been making.
  • These arguments are specious, but they are based on rosy assumptions or bad analogies.
  • We should take care to use arguments that aren't specious.
1.1Misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive: the music trade gives Golden Oldies a specious appearance of novelty
misleading, deceptive, false, fallacious, unsound, spurious, casuistic, sophistic



Pronunciation: /ˈspēSHəslē/
Example sentences
  • The government speciously said it withheld to protect the privacy of the advice given by the.
  • He offers a speciously complicated analysis.
  • The play speciously associates giving all with ultimate return.


Pronunciation: /ˈspēSHəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • The novel thus exposes the speciousness of social discourses that worked to maintain the theory.
  • The speciousness of this argument is apparent.
  • A visit to the region reveals the speciousness of its account.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'beautiful'): from Latin speciosus 'fair', from species (see species).

Words that rhyme with specious

facetious, Lucretius

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Syllabification: spe·cious

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