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Hence we see that the very essence of a fallacy is its speciousness.

Amidst all the speciousness of their claims, she had "found" them false.

Yet there is a speciousness about such an excuse, and we will leave it.

Her speciousness and artifices seduced him into a precipitate marriage.

It has just the speciousness that runs away with young people.

In proportion to the speciousness of his qualities was he to be dreaded.

I perceive the speciousness of those fallacies by which they are deluded.

In her speech there was no excitement or speciousness, but a persuasive sweetness and serenity, learnt from duty and temperance.

The calmness of this reasoning appalled Margaret even more by its speciousness than by its falseness.

The ignorant justice-loving man, enamoured of the right, is blinded by the speciousness of wrong.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "pleasing to the sight, fair," from Latin speciosus "good-looking, beautiful," from species "appearance" (see species). Meaning "seemingly desirable, reasonable or probable, but not really so" is first recorded 1610s.

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