Now that Laura has been revealed to be little more than a collection of notes, the debate seems silly, meretricious.
Are not the people being educated in the use of and belief in machine-made ornament and meretricious display?
There is nothing showy or clever, nothing cheap or meretricious in all their work.
The line of small plane trees, which gave Laventie the meretricious semblance of a garden city, was standing yet.
But then it looked insincere, meretricious, affected, and always haggard.
Despite her sincerity, she is affected, and her arguments are often weakened by meretricious forms of expression.
The meretricious melodrama did not fool them, but they delighted in its absurdities.
The real merit was over-laden with a thick coat of meretricious glitter.
In painting he contented himself with a negative colour, and as the painter of mankind, rejected all meretricious ornament.
Or was it but the meretricious glamour of the foregone, and would the fascination have been as great if all had still been well?
1620s, "pertaining to harlots," from Latin meretricius "of or pertaining to prostitutes," from meretrix (genitive meretricis) "prostitute," literally "woman who earns money," from merere, mereri "to earn, gain" (see merit (n.)). Meaning "gaudily alluring" is from 1630s. Related: Meretriciously; meretriciousness.