The meretriciousness of women and their love of luxury are denounced.
She felt that she was a living part of John's meretriciousness.
There was a suggestion of meretriciousness in the tinted lips and the pretence of colour on the charming face.
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" (see merit (n.)). Meaning "gaudily alluring" is from 1630s. Related: Meretriciously; meretriciousness.