Specious vs Artifice - What's the difference?
As an adjective specious
is seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious.
As a noun artifice is
Seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious.
*1776 , Thomas Paine,
*:I have frequently amused myself both in public and private companies, with silently remarking, the specious errors of those who speak without reflecting.
Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.
(obsolete) Beautiful, pleasing to look at.
- This idea that we must see through what we have started is specious , however good it may sound.
* fallacious, insincere
* (with appearance intended to generate a favorable response) meretricious
a crafty but underhanded deception
a trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse
a strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture
a tactical move to gain advantage