Usage examples for specious

  1. Though they lay themselves under the most strict and solemn ties at the opening of the congress, yet the first advantageous opportunity will tempt them to break the treaty; and they will never want specious pretences to furnish out their declarations of war. – Æsop's Fables Embellished with One Hundred and Eleven Emblematical Devices. by Æsop
  2. The advantage of an alliance with the fickle, self- seeking, and ever changing mutiny, that was seeking to make use of Protestantism to effect its own ends, was in his eyes rather specious than real. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  3. The picture of Muriel Attledon's subjection to a husband who slights and neglects her while he flirts with another woman, and covers his disloyalty with a specious cloak of solicitude, is finely sketched. – First Person Paramount by Ambrose Pratt
  4. But here again the conclusion, though specious at first, soon appears to be quite inadequate. – Pagan & Christian Creeds Their Origin and Meaning by Edward Carpenter
  5. But he found he could not simply assume the nomination and place the responsibility for the assumption upon the request of " many friends"- a vague and specious way of covering up his own seizure of the honor. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  6. Well, the certainty of finding herself saddled for all time to come with the affairs of a gentleman whom she can never get rid of on the specious plea that he's only her husband or her lover or her father or her son or her brother or her uncle or her cousin. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  7. Sharp used many specious arguments to induce Arch to become his accomplice in robbing the Trevlyn mansion, but the only one which had any weight was that he could thus revenge his father's wrongs. – The Fatal Glove by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
  8. He thought that his specious arguments- delivered with boundless conviction- had made some impression on the mind of the young man. – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy
  9. Therefore the plea of necessity is but a pretence to cover some design, that under its specious and plausible covering, the power of the land may be engrossed into the hands of malignants, and so by this means all power and trust may return, as the rivers to the sea or fountain, as they judge the king, that so in his person there may be established an unlimited and arbitrary power. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  10. But they are specious, and sufficiently so to delude a man of sense and of integrity. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  11. But Powers was not a man to be misled by specious appearances. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  12. To apply the term war to the naval operations which followed is, however, to lend specious importance to very trivial events. – Jefferson and his Colleagues A Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty, Volume 15 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Allen Johnson
  13. That princes should make concessions so entirely unworthy of their grandeur, excited at once our suspicion, for we could not imagine the cause of an offer so specious. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  14. Atotarho and his people, however, yielded either to these specious offers, or to the pressure which the combined urgency of the three allied nations now brought to bear upon them. – The Iroquois Book of Rites by Horatio Hale