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Definition 1: like or relating to a prostitute - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where meretricious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • meretricious relationships

(meretricious is used in the usage domain ...) the use of an archaic expression

Definition 2: based on pretense; deceptively pleasing - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where meretricious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility
  • meretricious praise
  • a meretricious argument

Synonyms for meretricious in the sense of this definition

(meretricious is similar to ...) lacking sincerity

"a charming but thoroughly insincere woman" "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

Definition 3: tastelessly showy - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where meretricious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a flash car
  • a flashy ring
  • garish colors
  • a gaudy costume
  • loud sport shirts
  • a meretricious yet stylish book
  • tawdry ornaments

Synonyms for meretricious in the sense of this definition

(meretricious is similar to ...) lacking aesthetic or social taste

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