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synonyms for specious

  • deceptive
  • erroneous
  • false
  • inaccurate
  • incorrect
  • plausible
  • spurious
  • untrue
  • apparent
  • apparently right
  • beguiling
  • captious
  • casuistic
  • colorable
  • credible
  • delusive
  • empty
  • fallacious
  • flattering
  • hollow
  • idle
  • illogical
  • likely
  • nugatory
  • ostensible
  • ostentatious
  • presumable
  • presumptive
  • pretentious
  • probable
  • seeming
  • sophistic
  • sophistical
  • sophisticated
  • unsound
  • vain
  • wrong
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antonyms for specious

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  • accurate
  • correct
  • genuine
  • honest
  • real
  • right
  • true
  • truthful
  • valid
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How to use specious in a sentence

Sending in our ground forces to “fight them on foreign soil so we won’t have to fight them on our own” is a specious argument.
WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR ANYMOREKARL MARLANTESAUGUST 26, 2021TIME
The performance-enhancing benefits of marijuana are, if not specious, at least very much up for debate.
SHA'CARRI RICHARDSON'S SUSPENSION FOR MARIJUANA DEFIES COMMON SENSESEAN GREGORYJULY 2, 2021TIME
Ads promoting fraudulent sanitizers and specious coronavirus remedies or linking to fly-by-night websites selling overpriced masks still clog up the digital ad supply chain, companies that monitor advertising creative for programmatic ad firms say.
COVID-19 SCAM ADS DECLINE, BUT AI SYSTEMS RISK CATCHING LEGITIMATE VACCINE MESSAGES IN THEIR TRAPSKATE KAYEMAY 10, 2021DIGIDAY
It was notorious that she claimed the sovereignty of the isthmus on specious, nay, on solid, grounds.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND FROM THE ACCESSION OF JAMES II.THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
These proverbs remind us of Bacon: "Specious words confound virtue."
BEACON LIGHTS OF HISTORY, VOLUME IJOHN LORD
Mr. Grote's speech on this occasion contained many specious arguments, and it appears to have had a great effect upon the house.
THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND IN THREE VOLUMES, VOL.III.E. FARR AND E. H. NOLAN
There is no cruelty which they do not practice upon each other under this specious pretext.
SUPERSTITION IN ALL AGES (1732)JEAN MESLIER
The mediocrities allow themselves to be dissuaded by the specious obstacles—the great ones never.
TOILERS OF THE SEAVICTOR HUGO
Such will be their specious professions; but the real truth of the case will be wholly different.
THE HISTORIES OF POLYBIUS, VOL. II (OF 2)POLYBIUS
Yet the success of Trajan, however transient, was rapid and specious.
THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIREEDWARD GIBBON
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WORDS RELATED TO SPECIOUS

  • bogus
  • counterfeit
  • ersatz
  • fabricated
  • factitious
  • faked
  • false
  • hyped up
  • manufactured
  • mock
  • phony
  • plastic
  • sham
  • simulated
  • specious
  • spurious
  • substitute
  • synthetic
  • unnatural
  • unreal
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