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meretricious

meretricious - Dictionary definition and meaning for word meretricious

Definition
(adj) like or relating to a prostitute
Example Sentence
  • meretricious relationships

Definition
(adj) tastelessly showy
Synonyms : brassy , cheap , flash , flashy , garish , gaudy , gimcrack , loud , tacky , tatty , tawdry , trashy
Example Sentence
  • a flash car
  • a flashy ring
  • garish colors
  • a gaudy costume
  • loud sport shirts
  • a meretricious yet stylish book
  • tawdry ornaments

Definition
(adj) based on pretense; deceptively pleasing
Synonyms : gilded , specious
Example Sentence
  • the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility
  • meretricious praise
  • a meretricious argument

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for meretricious

like a merit (meret) certificate.. flashy and attractive in a way.. but of no REAL value...
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by muffisoni

Meretricious = Mere + Tricious. 'Mere' means triffle or something less important.
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by rizvi

its not Merit, its mere tric(k)
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by arbitrary.contrivance

meretricious sounds like marriage or matrimony- clothes worn at marriage ceremonies are very flashy, gaudy
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by carbonmonoxide

mere trick us = its a mere trick to show that she is gaudy while she is hollow
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by friendofafriend

meretricious actually has no merit.
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by garrulous

mere+precious it looks attractive but its merely precious.
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by SDV

If we get merit by using tricks, then it's only for display[He cant tell anything in interview]
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by spicy2cool

His merit is suspicious
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by michaelzenkay

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