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plausible but false

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based on pretense

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It was printed with the dentist's name and address and the usual schedule of "plate work" and "bridge work" and specious promises of "painless" operations.
For there is that justice, imprinted in the nature of men, that they enter not upon wars (whereof so many calamities do ensue) but upon some, at the least specious, grounds and quarrels.
The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils, have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished; as they continue to be the favorite and fruitful topics from which the adversaries to liberty derive their most specious declamations.
On the other hand, it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government.
Wasn't there light in the fact which, as we shared our solitude, broke out with a specious glitter it had never yet quite worn?-- the fact that (opportunity aiding, precious opportunity which had now come) it would be preposterous, with a child so endowed, to forego the help one might wrest from absolute intelligence?
They, however, who patronise these traditions give us very specious accounts of the zeal and piety of the Abyssins at their first conversion.
This system of polity does indeed recommend itself by its good appearance and specious pretences to humanity; and when first proposed to any one, must give him great pleasure, as he will conclude it to be a wonderful bond of friendship, connecting all to all; particularly when any one censures the evils which are now to be found in society, as arising from properties not being common, I mean the disputes which happen between man and man, upon their different contracts with each other; those judgments which are passed in court in consequence of fraud, and perjury, and flattering the rich, none of which arise from properties being private, but from the vices of mankind.
Incidentally, the only reason I quoted NASA in my last letter was to rebut another correspondent who had specifically used NASA in support of a specious argument.
But he engages in a warped and specious use of stats and numbers to belittle the dim history of race relations in this country, to shun the urgent call for social justice in contemporary society, to promote his offensive rhetoric that younger generations of black Americans are not disadvantaged, just lazy, and to deny the existence of white privilege as a socio-economic reality.
Citing their crimes the rangers' official said that the arrested suspects allegedly involved in street crimes and specious activities.
MYSTERY MALE CHAUVINIST As we approach International Women's Day, let's remember the specious numpty on the fringes of our scene who suggested that female musicians would never properly rate.
A PCG team stopped three specious motorbikes on Chohar Jamali Road, but the bikers tried to flee on which the official opened fire and injuring one accused, and arrested them.
The specious defense that the campus war is only against Israel continues to fall away, revealing base anti-Semitism.
specious 'Album' with beautiful pure white flowers.