Origin of meretricious
Examples from the Web for meretricious
Now that Laura has been revealed to be little more than a collection of notes, the debate seems silly, meretricious.
The girl is a weaker vessel, pliant, submissive to the virago's sexual energy, selected from the class of meretricious ingnues.A Problem in Greek Ethics|John Addington Symonds
Depend upon it, from all that is licentious and meretricious something monstrous will come forth.Tales of Old Japan|Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
If any persons under legal incapacities come together, it is a meretricious, and not a matrimonial union.'Armadale|Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for meretricious
Word Origin for meretricious
Word Origin and History for meretricious
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.