Definition of pseudo in English:

pseudo

adjective

informal
  • Not genuine; spurious or sham.

    ‘we are talking about real journalists and not the pseudo kind’
    • ‘These models served as a pseudo laboratory to examine the effectiveness of various fiscal and monetary policies in smoothing out economic fluctuations.’
    • ‘SYNTHETIC SNAKESKIN - Similar to synthetic leathers, pseudo snakeskins have a fabric backing which makes them less fragile than real snakeskins.’
    • ‘But with the advent of colour inkjet printers, the power to make dinky, pseudo - 3D model buildings is now in everyone's hands.’
    • ‘In appraising the mass of evidence, which has thus been collected, one has to be careful to weed out pseudo from genuine research.’
    • ‘Healthy and whole human beings are required - not pseudo machines and imitation heroes who are not what they appear to be.’
    artificial, synthetic, simulated, man-made, manufactured, ersatz, substitute
    bogus, sham, phoney, imitation, artificial, mock, ersatz, quasi-, fake, feigned, pretended, false, faux, spurious, counterfeit, fraudulent, deceptive, misleading, assumed, contrived, affected, insincere
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noun

informal
  • A pretentious or insincere person.

    ‘the arty chat of a campus pseudo’
    • ‘‘I told you, we have had an overdose of these pseudos whom you so fondly call secularists.’’
    • ‘Csicop is described as ‘a defensive league ‘of American scientists whose ‘basic aim is to argue that the ‘paranormal’ does not exist, and is an invention of ‘cranks’ and ‘pseudos.’’

Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘false apostle or teacher’): independent use of pseudo-.

Pronunciation

pseudo

/ˈsjuːdəʊ/