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Originated 1426–75 from Middle English speciosity (attractive), from Latin speciōsitās (beauty), from speciēs (appearance), + English -ity (noun-forming suffix).


speciosity (countable and uncountable, plural speciosities)

  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being specious.
  2. (countable, rare, chiefly in the plural) A specious action, promise, ideology, etc.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 8, The Electon
      Till deep misery, if nothing softer will, have driven you out of your Speciosites into your Sincerities; and you find there either is a Godlike in the world, or else ye are an unintelligible madness;