Friday, December 12, 2003
meretricious adjective [mer-ih-TRISH-us] Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with prostitutes.
Definitions for meretricious
- Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with prostitutes.
- Alluring by vulgar or flashy display; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as, "meretricious dress."
- Based on pretense or insincerity; as, "a meretricious argument."
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Citations for meretricious
Let us be thought over-much plain and simple, even bare, rather than gaudy, flashy, cheap and meretricious.
The shiny marble, bronze and brass, the gilded building crowns, the gaudy Atlantic City casinos, the spangled showgirls: it all adds up in their eyes to vulgar excess, an unsophisticate's delight in meretricious baubles.
Origin of meretricious
Meretricious comes from Latin meretricius, from from meretrix, meretric-, prostitute, from merere, to earn, to deserve. It is related to merit, to earn, to deserve.