Definitions for: Meretricious

[adj] based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"
[adj] tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
[adj] (archaic) like or relating to a prostitute; "meretricious relationships"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mer`e*tri"cious, a. [L. meretricius, from
meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns money, i.
e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See Merit.]
1. Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with
harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic.

2. Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show;
gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as,
meretricious dress or ornaments. -- Mer`e*tri"cious*ly,
adv. -- Mer`e*tri"cious*ness, n.

Synonyms: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gilded, gimcrack, in poor taste(p), insincere, loud, specious, tacky, tasteless, tatty, tawdry, trashy

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