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meretricious (adj.)

1620s, "pertaining to harlots," from Latin meretricius "of or pertaining to prostitutes," from meretrix (genitive meretricis) "prostitute," literally "woman who earns money," from merere, mereri "to earn, gain" (from PIE root *(s)mer- (2) "to get a share of something"). Meaning "gaudily alluring, alluring by false attractions" is from 1630s. Related: Meretriciously; meretriciousness.

updated on December 29, 2018

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Definitions of meretricious from WordNet

meretricious (adj.)
like or relating to a prostitute;
meretricious relationships
meretricious (adj.)
tastelessly showy;
a meretricious yet stylish book
meretricious (adj.)
based on pretense; deceptively pleasing;
a meretricious argument
meretricious praise
Synonyms: gilded / specious / glossy
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