Let us be thought over-much plain and simple, even bare, rather than gaudy, flashy, cheap and meretricious.
-- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City
The shiny marble, bronze and brass, the gilded building crowns, the gaudy Atlantic City casinos, the spangled showgirls: it all adds up in their eyes to vulgar excess, an unsophisticate's delight in meretricious baubles.
-- Herbert Muschamp, "Trump, His Gilded Taste, and Me", New York Times, December 19, 1999
His star as a fashionable painter was, however, already dimming and every exhibition of new work was met with a merciless fusillade from the critic of the Tribune, Clarence Cook, who upbraided Bierstadt for his addiction to vulgar, flashy, and visually meretricious effects.
-- Simon Schama, Landscape and Memory
The panel's use of this argument was rejected as "disingenuous", "fallacious" and "meretricious" by the majority of the Ninth Circuit.
-- Penney Lewis, "Rights discourse and assisted suicide", American Journal of Law & Medicine, Spring 2001