Definition of pseudo in English:



  • Not genuine; spurious or sham.

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


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