[ mer-i-trish-uhs ]
/ ˌmɛr ɪˈtrɪʃ əs /
alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry.
based on pretense, deception, or insincerity.
pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.
Words nearby meretricious
Origin of meretricious
OTHER WORDS FROM meretricious
mer·e·tri·cious·ly, adverbmer·e·tri·cious·ness, nounun·mer·e·tri·cious, adjectiveun·mer·e·tri·cious·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH meretriciousmeritorious meretricious
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Examples from the Web for meretriciousness
She felt that she was a living part of John's meretriciousness.Leonora|Arnold Bennett
The meretriciousness of women and their love of luxury are denounced.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
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
British Dictionary definitions for meretriciousness
/ (ˌmɛrɪˈtrɪʃəs) /
superficially or garishly attractive
archaic of, like, or relating to a prostitute
Derived forms of meretriciousmeretriciously, adverbmeretriciousness, noun
Word Origin for meretricious
C17: from Latin merētrīcius, from merētrix prostitute, from merēre to earn money
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