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 Dictionary entry overview: What does meretricious mean? 

MERETRICIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective MERETRICIOUS has 3 senses:

1. like or relating to a prostitute
2. tastelessly showy
3. based on pretense; deceptively pleasing

  Familiarity information: MERETRICIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

MERETRICIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1meretricious [BACK TO TOP]


Like or relating to a prostitute

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

meretricious relationships

Domain usage:

archaicism; archaism (the use of an archaic expression)


prostitute (a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money)

Sense 2meretricious [BACK TO TOP]


Tastelessly showy


tawdry; gimcrack; gaudy; garish; flashy; flash; trashy; brassy; tatty; tacky; meretricious; loud; cheap

Context examples:

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


tasteless (lacking aesthetic or social taste)

Sense 3meretricious [BACK TO TOP]


Based on pretense; deceptively pleasing


gilded; specious; meretricious

Context examples:

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


insincere (lacking sincerity)

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