Definition of pseudo in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘But with the advent of colour inkjet printers, the power to make dinky, pseudo - 3D model buildings is now in everyone's hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In appraising the mass of evidence, which has thus been collected, one has to be careful to weed out pseudo from genuine research.’
    artificial, synthetic, simulated, man-made, manufactured, ersatz, substitute
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  • 2informal Pretentious or insincere.

    ‘his lyrics sound like pseudo intellectual rubbish’
    • ‘These vapid pseudo intellectuals are the problem with today's law schools.’
    • ‘The entry ticket to this house was a bottle of medium dry sherry, for Alex and then the long pseudo intellectual discussions came about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nowhere did one find any of the sloppy grammar and syntax so much loved by today's pseudo intellectuals.’
    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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Late Middle English: independent use of pseudo-.