Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Appearing right and true; plausible.

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Usage examples "specious":

  1. If not to some peculiar end design’ d, Study’ s the specious trifling of the mind; Or is at best a secondary aim, A chase for sport alone, and not for game. - "The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2", Edward Young.
  2. The argument is, that the order was dated the 16th of May, and his agreement with General Price was on the 21st of the same month, an argument more specious than fair, as it appears from the letter of President Lincoln of May 18, 1861, to Hon. - "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)", Jefferson Davis.
  3. The specious argument that the only way to convert the Indians was to keep them among the Spaniards, was constantly insisted upon in pious phrases meant to delude the Queen by a display of zeal in carrying out her plan for their conversion. - "Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings", Francis Augustus MacNutt.