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English adjective: meretricious

1. meretricious like or relating to a prostitute

SamplesMeretricious relationships.

Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

2. meretricious tastelessly showy

SamplesA flash car.
A flashy ring.
Garish colors.
A gaudy costume.
Loud sport shirts.
A meretricious yet stylish book.
Tawdry ornaments.

Synonymsbrassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy



3. meretricious based on pretense; deceptively pleasing

SamplesThe gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility.
Meretricious praise.
A meretricious argument.

Synonymsgilded, specious



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