V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: not authentic--false, untrue, not real, pretend

Synonyms: false, fake, phony, bogus, mock, pretend

Antonyms: authentic, real, true, genuine

Tips: Pseudo is a great word to use to discredit something or someone. Simply add pseudo in front of a word as a more sophisticated way of saying that what follows is a fraud or fake. For example, "pseudo intellectual" denotes a person who pretends to be intellectual, but is not.

Usage Examples:

Many of today's celebrities are pseudo activists who don't put much time or money behind their "causes." (mock, fake)

It's funny to listen to the pseudo intellectuals who hang out at the cafe and pontificate about politics and philosophy. (fake, phony)

Many people consider The Church of Scientology to be a pseudo religion, while The Church of Scientology teaches that psychiatry is a pseudo science. (fake, false, phony, bogus)

It's funny to listen to celebrities talk about politics--you quickly realize that most are pseudo intellectuals who try to sound intelligent, but have no substantive ideas. (mock, phony, bogus)

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