meretricious meretricious

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) like or relating to a prostitute
  2. (adj) tastelessly showy
  3. (adj) based on pretense; deceptively pleasing

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Plenty of nutballs go on television--as guests--and say all sorts of stupid, meretricious things.
  2. Most of the other issues swirling in the lawyer-soldier tornado are either trivial or meretricious.
  3. The meretricious and the tawdry are conspicuously absent.

News

  • Ga. Court Says Promise to Marry Is Enforceable

    The Georgia Court of Appeals rejected a man's defense that any promise he made to marry his live-in girlfriend wasn't enforceable because it was part of a meretricious relationship.
    on December 5, 2013     Source: Law.com

Quotes

  1. British journalist Robert Fisk called Pollack's book the "most meretricious contribution to this utterly fraudulent [war] 'debate' in the United States."
    on Jul 30, 2007 By: Robert Fisk Source: Consortium News

  2. Holbrooke described the article as "bullshit, meretricious and wrong. I'll be very clear. We are not proposing an international high representative," he told journalists in Brussels.
    on Dec 4, 2009 By: Richard Holbrooke Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. Bevan called "the so-called affluent society" ugly. "It is a meretricious society. Modern capitalism has not succeeded; it has failed."
    on Oct 24, 2008 By: Aneurin Bevan Source: Business Standard

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