spurious
[ spyoor-ee-uhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Late 16th century; Latin from Latin spurius ‘false’ + -ous
Synonyms
    1.
  • n/a
    2.
  • bogus
  • false
  • fake
  • phony
Antonyms
    1.
  • n/a
    2.
  • genuine
  • real
  • true
  • valid
Definition
1. (of offspring) illegitimate
2. not being what it purports to be; false or fake
Examples
1. A) Decades ago, single mothers would often leave town to have their babies so that no one knew they had a spurious child. B) It broke the mother's heart to hear the other school kids teasing her child for being spurious.
2. A) The cashier carefully inspected the large bill to ensure it wasn't spurious. B) I had a gut feeling that the diamond I bought from the low-end jewelry store was spurious.
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