Specious

Definition of Specious

Spe´cious
a.1.Presenting a pleasing appearance; pleasing in form or look; showy.
Some [serpents] specious and beautiful to the eye.
- Bp. Richardson.
The rest, far greater part,
Will deem in outward rites and specious forms
Religion satisfied.
- Milton.
2.Apparently right; superficially fair, just, or correct, but not so in reality; appearing well at first view; plausible; as, specious reasoning; a specious argument.
Misled for a moment by the specious names of religion, liberty, and property.
- Macaulay.
In consequence of their greater command of specious expression.
- J. Morley.

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