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showy; gaudy; tawdry; based on pretense; false: a meretricious comment
Not to be confused with:
meritorious – deserving of praise, admirable: meritorious service
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a. Attracting attention in a vulgar manner: meretricious ornamentation.
b. Plausible but false or insincere; specious: made a meretricious argument.
2. Of or relating to prostitutes or prostitution: meretricious relationships.
[Latin meretrīcius, of prostitutes, from meretrīx, meretrīc-, prostitute, from merēre, to earn money; see (s)mer- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. superficially or garishly attractive
2. insincere: meretricious praise.
3. archaic of, like, or relating to a prostitute
[C17: from Latin merētrīcius, from merētrix prostitute, from merēre to earn money]
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mer•e•tri•cious(ˌmɛr ɪˈtrɪʃ əs)
1. alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry.
2. based on pretense or insincerity.
3. pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.
[1620–30; < Latin meretrīcius of prostitutes, derivative of meretrīx prostitute, from merēre to earn]
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|Adj.||1.||meretricious - like or relating to a prostitute; "meretricious relationships"|
|2.||meretricious - tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"|
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste
|3.||meretricious - based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"|
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
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1. trashy, flashy, gaudy, garish, tawdry, showy, plastic (slang), tinsel, gimcrack vulgar, meretricious and shabby souvenirs
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meretricious[ˌmerɪˈtrɪʃəs] ADJ [charm, attraction] → superficial, aparente; [style, writing] → rimbombante
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