from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false.
- adj. Of illegitimate birth.
- adj. Botany Similar in appearance but unlike in structure or function. Used of plant parts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. false, not authentic, not genuine
- adj. bastardly, illegitimate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not proceeding from the true source, or from the source pretended; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterate.
- adj. Not legitimate; bastard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not legitimate; bastard: as, spurious issue.
- Not proceeding from the true source or from the source pretended; not being what it pretends or appears to be; not genuine; counterfeit; false; adulterated.
- In zoology:
- False; resembling a part or organ, but not having its function: as, spurious eyes or limbs.
- Having the functions of an organ, but morphologically different from it: as, the spurious legs, or prolegs, of a caterpillar.
- Aborted or changed so that the normal functions no longer exist: as, the spurious or aborted front legs of certain butterflies.
- Erroneous; incorrectly established: as, a spurious genus or species. See pseudogenus.
- In botany, false; counterfeit; apparent only.
- Synonyms Spurious, Supposititious, and Counterfeit agree in expressing intent to deceive, except that counterfeit may be used with figurative lightness where no dishonorable purpose is implied. Spurious, not genuine, expresses strong disapprobation of the deception, successful or attempted. Supposititious applies only to that which is substituted for the genuine; it thus expresses a class under the spurious: a supposititious work of Athanasius is not one that is supposed to have been written by him, but one that is palmed off upon the public as being the genuine text of a work that he is known to have written; a supposititious child is a changeling; was the Tichborne claimant the genuine or a supposititious Sir Roger? Counterfeit applies also to a class under the spurious—namely, to that which is made in attempted imitation of something else: as, a counterfeit coin, bank-note, signature. Chatterton's manuscripts were spurious, but not supposititious; as they were not exact imitations of any particular manuscripts of early days, they would hardly be called counterfeit. See factitious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. intended to deceive
- adj. born out of wedlock
- adj. plausible but false
From Late Latin spurius, from Latin, illegitimate, probably of Etruscan origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin spurius ("illegitimate, bastardly"), from spurcus ("foul, base, low") (Wiktionary)