meretricious

[mer-i-trish-uhs]
adjective
1.
alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry.
2.
based on pretense, deception, or insincerity.
3.
pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin meretrīcius of, pertaining to prostitutes, derivative of meretrīx prostitute = mere-, stem of merēre to earn + -trīx -trix; see -ous

meretriciously, adverb
meretriciousness, noun
unmeretricious, adjective
unmeretriciously, adverb
unmeretriciousness, noun

meritorious, meretricious.


1. showy, gaudy. 2. spurious, sham, false.
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meretricious (ˌmɛrɪˈtrɪʃəs)
 
adj
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]
 
mere'triciously
 
adv
 
mere'triciousness
 
n

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meretricious
1626, from L. meretricius "of or pertaining to prostitutes," from meretrix (gen. meretricis) "prostitute," lit. "woman who earns money," from merere, mereri "to earn, gain" (see merit).
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Example sentences
Some of it is downright meretricious; much of it is mediocre or second-rate.
All others are meretricious and probably vile.
What a load of meretricious codswallop.
Don't prattle on here with your meretricious verbiage of immaculateness.
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