V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: describes something that sounds true, but is actually false

Synonyms: misleading, incorrect, plausible, wrong, untrue, false, deceptive, ostensible, presumable

Antonyms: true, right, correct

Tips: Specious is derived from the Latin speciosus, which means "appearance." Specious describes things that appear to be true, but are really false.

Usage Examples:

Her argument was specious and misleading. (incorrect, wrong, false)

He believed her made up story because it was specious. (plausible, misleading, deceptive)

The politician made several specious promises and claims in order to try to wind the election. (misleading, false)

I could see right through his specious argument, and I knew that he was trying to mislead me. (false, misleading)

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