• (RP) IPA: /ˈspjʊə.ɹi.əs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈspjʊ.ɹi.əs/, /ˈspʊ.ɹi.əs/, /ˈspjɔ.ɹi.əs/


  1. False, not authentic, not genuine.
    His argument was spurious and had no validity.
    • 2013, Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems' (in The Guardian, 13 September 2013)
      We witness that there is a relationship between government, media and industry that is evident even at this most spurious and superficial level. These three institutions support one another. We know that however cool a media outlet may purport to be, their primary loyalty is to their corporate backers. We know also that you cannot criticise the corporate backers openly without censorship and subsequent manipulation of this information.
  2. Extraneous; stray; not relevant or wanted.
    I tried to concentrate on the matter in hand, but spurious thoughts kept intruding.
    Spurious emissions from the wireless mast were causing nearby electrical equipment to go haywire.
  3. (archaic) bastardly, illegitimate
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations

This text is extracted from the Wiktionary and it is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license | Terms and conditions | Privacy policy 0.004
Offline English dictionary