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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.]

mer′e·tri′cious·ly adv.
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Adv.1.meretriciously - in a meretricious mannermeretriciously - in a meretricious manner; "the boat is meretriciously decorated"
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