meretricious definition

  • adjective:
    • Attracting interest in a vulgar fashion: meretricious ornamentation. See Synonyms at gaudy1.
    • possible but false or insincere; specious: a meretricious debate.
    • Of or associated with prostitutes or prostitution: meretricious relationships.
    • Of, or concerning prostitutes or prostitution.
    • Tastelessly gaudy; superficially appealing but having no compound; falsely alluring.
    • Of or pertaining to prostitutes; regarding harlots; lustful.
    • Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false tv show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry.
    • Deceptive or centered on deception; seeming plausible, but considering pretense or insincerity; deceptive; misleading; insincere; specious.
    • based on pretense; deceptively pleasing
    • tastelessly showy
    • like or concerning a prostitute
  • others:
    • Of or pertaining to prostitutes; wanton; libidinous.
    • Alluring by untrue destinations; having a gaudy but deceitful appearance; tawdry; showy: as, meretricious dress or ornaments.

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