Definition of pseudo in English:

pseudo

adjective

  • 1Not genuine; sham:

    ‘a pseudo Georgian facade’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2informal Pretentious or insincere:

    ‘his lyrics sound like pseudo intellectual rubbish’
    • ‘The screeches of some of the more outlandish among gloomy modern composers or the illiterate wailings of some vapid rock ‘musician’ are subjected to sham scholarship and pseudo philosophising.’
    • ‘Nowhere did one find any of the sloppy grammar and syntax so much loved by today's pseudo intellectuals.’
    • ‘This is no shallow babbling from a pseudo intellectual or a ‘celebrity’ activist, for the mother of three has studied Islamic teachings all her life.’
    • ‘The entry ticket to this house was a bottle of medium dry sherry, for Alex and then the long pseudo intellectual discussions came about.’
    • ‘These vapid pseudo intellectuals are the problem with today's law schools.’
    bogus, sham, phoney, imitation, artificial, mock, ersatz, quasi-, fake, feigned, pretended, false, faux, spurious, counterfeit, fraudulent, deceptive, misleading, assumed, contrived, affected, insincere
    pretend, put-on
    cod
    View synonyms

noun

informal
  • A pretentious or insincere person:

    ‘the undiscriminating, 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: independent use of pseudo-.

Pronunciation

pseudo

/ˈsjuːdəʊ/