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Pronunciation:  `meri'treeshus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility"; "meretricious praise"; "a meretricious argument"
  2. [adj]  tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
  3. [adj]  (archaic) like or relating to a prostitute; "meretricious relationships"

MERETRICIOUS is a 12 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gilded, gimcrack, in poor taste(p), insincere, loud, specious, tacky, tasteless, tatty, tawdry, trashy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mer`e*tri"cious\, a. [L. meretricius, from
meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns money, i.
e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See {Merit}.]
1. Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with
   harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic.

2. Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show;
   gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as,
   meretricious dress or ornaments. -- {Mer`e*tri"cious*ly},
   adv. -- {Mer`e*tri"cious*ness}, n.

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