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Definition of "pseudo-" [pseu•do-]

  • False; deceptive; sham: pseudoscience. (prefix)
  • Apparently similar: pseudocoel. (prefix)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pseudo-" in a sentence
  • "Yet so hazy was the 17th-century divide between science and pseudo- science that the weekly meetings were as likely to examine the curative properties of powdered "unicorn" horn and "death sweat" from executed prisoners as the makeup of Saturn's rings or improvements in optical glassmaking."
  • "Thanks to a hit piece by one of those Beltway pseudo-"bipartisans" we can now state conclusively what many of us have long suspected: Occupy Wall Street speaks for the American majority."
  • "There's just one little problem: The songs sound absolutely nothing alike, with Gaga doing her patented club-banger and Francescatti doing a pseudo- Alanis Morissette wronged woman-type plaint."