One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the outcry was, to a certain extent, factitious’
bogus, fake, not genuine, specious, false, counterfeit, fraudulent, spurious, trumped-up, sham, mock, feigned, affected, pretended, contrived, unnatural, fabricated, manufactured, engineered
artificial, imitation, simulated, ersatz
informal phoney, pseudo, pretend
British informal cod
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