A statement that appears true mostly because it sounds good / poetic / alliterates / rhymes.

I'm pretty sure there is such a word. I heard it a few years ago, but have since forgotten it.

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Verisimilitude means "the quality of sounding true." So if you wanted to be very pretentious and formal about it you could say something like "verisimilitude by euphony."

(This example was recursive. :) )

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    I have no idea if this is accurate, but it just sounds right. hee hee I love words that start with V!
    – Kit Z. Fox
    May 18, 2011 at 18:34
  • Statements with verisimilitude usually are true - at least in the opinion of the speaker who dubs them with that quality. If I knew for sure the statement wasn't true, I'd probably say it was seductive. May 19, 2011 at 3:49

The newish word "truthiness" sort of applies here but focuses more on gut feelings or things that just seem true instead of a statement's visual or oral attractiveness.


The word you're looking for is specious.

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    Note that specious means something that isn't actually true. The way I interpret the question, it's looking for a word that doesn't say anything about the underlying truth value of a statement, just about whether it sounds true.
    – Marthaª
    May 18, 2011 at 18:46
  • This seems to be the apt answer .. Just want to appreciate good answers...
    – Argot
    Jan 28, 2014 at 19:57

It sounds like something that would fall among the logical fallacies.

Perhaps "prestigious jargon": http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=18556&pst=904731

Or "appeal to emotion": http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/appeal-to-emotion.html


Are you thinking of 'rhetoric', or perhaps, 'sophism' or 'sophistry'?


truthlikeness (see the Wikipedia entry on verisimilitude)

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