What does meretricious mean?

Definitions for meretricious
ˌmɛr ɪˈtrɪʃ əsmere·tri·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meretriciousadjective

    like or relating to a prostitute

    "meretricious relationships"

  2. brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashyadjective

    tastelessly showy

    "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"

  3. gilded, meretricious, speciousadjective

    based on pretense; deceptively pleasing

    "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"

GCIDE

  1. Meretriciousadjective

    Deceptive or based on deception; seeming plausible, but based on pretense or insincerity; deceptive; misleading; insincere; specious; as, meretricious arguments.

    Etymology: [L. meretricius, from meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns money, i. e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See Merit.]

Wiktionary

  1. meretriciousadjective

    Of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.

    Etymology: From meretricius, from meretrix, from mereo (English merit) + -trix (English -trix).

  2. meretriciousadjective

    Tastelessly gaudy; superficially attractive but having no substance; falsely alluring.

    Etymology: From meretricius, from meretrix, from mereo (English merit) + -trix (English -trix).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meretriciousadjective

    of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic

    Etymology: [L. meretricius, from meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns money, i. e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See Merit.]

  2. Meretriciousadjective

    resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as, meretricious dress or ornaments

    Etymology: [L. meretricius, from meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns money, i. e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See Merit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Meretricious

    mer-e-trish′us, adj. of or pertaining to harlots: alluring by false show: gaudy and deceitful: false.—adv. Meretric′iously.—ns. Meretric′iousness; Mer′etrix, a harlot. [L. meretriciusmeretrix, a harlot, merēre, to earn.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meretricious in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meretricious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of meretricious in a Sentence

  1. Frederick Douglas:

    It is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself. If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the starting-point and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though perhaps a meretricious, effect.

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