What is spurious?

What Does spurious Mean

The adjective spurious , which comes from the Latin spurius , is used to describe that which degenerates from its nature or origin : that is, it does not correspond to its original state or to its ancestors.

A spurious child , in this brand, is the descendant of a non-marital relationship or the illegitimate child of a parent, either unknown or known. Although the definition varies according to the legislation, it can be said that the individual whose mother is widowed or unmarried at the time of his birth and whose father does not appear, is a spurious child. A spurious child is also the descendant of a couple who, at the time of conception and birth, could not be married.

In ancient times, spurious children were discriminated against and did not have the right to inheritance . Currently, however, spurious children and legitimate children are in the same situation before the law.
This leads us to think about the instability by which morality is characterized : throughout the history of our species, the concepts of good and evil, right and wrong, decent and indecent have changed in numerous times, in various directions, and we have not yet reached a balance, perhaps because it is not possible. Certain things that in the past were considered unacceptable, today are taken with absolute normality, and the same happens in the opposite sense.
The idea of spurious is also used to refer to what is false or fraudulent . When something is adulterated or is a forgery or imitation, it can be classified as spurious.
In this sense, the notion of spurious is often used with respect to the degenerate (as a deviation from the essence of what generated it or as what has an illegitimate origin). Suppose that a dictator who came to power through a coup announces the convocation of a constituent assembly. Opponents can affirm that it is a "spurious process" , since only a constitutional president has the power to call an assembly of this kind.
A spurious statement is not legitimate but false, it is created with the aim of convincing the interlocutor of something that is not true, that is not genuine. This can be applied in the field of law to qualify certain accusations that lack veracity, although they are not always deliberate lies but may be due to an altered mood at the time of issuing them.
If we think of a person who falsely accuses his partner of having physically and psychologically assaulted him, the authorities must weigh all the evidence to find the reason for such a lie. One of the possibilities is that the relationship was in a moment of great deterioration, with daily arguments and on the verge of breaking, and that this wear and tear has clouded the reason for the alleged victim. In a case like this one speaks of " spurious mood " or "spurious motive."

Regarding the use of the word spurious , it is not very common in everyday speech, although it does appear in various journalistic texts and in literary works. One of the problems that this entails is the deformation to espúreo , a word that does not exist. In this case, we are far from a vulgar error, since it arises with the intention of achieving correction in speech: this is framed in hypercorrection or ultracorrection , a phenomenon that occurs when the speaker believes that he is facing an incorrect form and the he modifies with his knowledge of the language to, in his opinion, correct it.

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