- wrong or false (eg. a claim that the sky is brown)
- fake or insincere (eg. a compliment)
- “He watched her screen, her spell-checker halting at such spurious entries as “fuckwitism” and “Caliguliberal”.”
― Cara McKenna, Dirty Thirty
- “Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives.”
― Vladimir Nabokov
Sounds/looks like: it’s pure, yes
"It’s pure, yes," said the salesman about the expensive Himalayan salt his company made, but when I read the ingredient label later I saw that there were all kinds of preservatives in it. I later found out it wasn’t even real Himalayan salt. So it turns out I spent a week’s pay on spurious Himalayan salt sold to me by a salesman who made a spurious claim about its purity.