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MERETRICIOUS

 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]

Meaning:

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)

Pertainym:

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


Sense 2meretricious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tastelessly showy

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

tasteless (lacking aesthetic or social taste)


Sense 3meretricious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Based on pretense; deceptively pleasing

Synonyms:

gilded; specious; meretricious

Context examples:

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

Similar:

insincere (lacking sincerity)


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