- alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry.
- based on pretense, deception, or insincerity.
- pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.
Origin of meretricious
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Examples from the Web for meretriciousness
The meretriciousness of women and their love of luxury are denounced.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
She felt that she was a living part of John's meretriciousness.Leonora
There was a suggestion of meretriciousness in the tinted lips and the pretence of colour on the charming face.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
- superficially or garishly attractive
- insinceremeretricious praise
- archaic of, like, or relating to a prostitute
Word Origin and History for meretriciousness
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.