Meretricious meaning

mĕrĭ-trĭshəs
Alluring by false, showy charms; attractive in a flashy way; tawdry.
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Superficially plausible; specious.
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The definition of meretricious is attracting attention in a vulgar to flashy way.

An example of a meretricious person is a prostitute.

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Of or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.

Meretricious relationships.

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Tastelessly gaudy; superficially attractive but having in reality no value or substance; falsely alluring.
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(obs.) Of, like, or characteristic of a prostitute.
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Origin of meretricious

  • Latin meretrīcius of prostitutes from meretrīx meretrīc- prostitute from merēre to earn money (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin meretrÄ«cius, from meretrÄ«x (“harlot, prostitute"), from mereō (“earn, deserve, merit") (English merit) + -trÄ«x (“(female agent)") (English -trix).

    From Wiktionary