HyperDic: meretricious

English > 3 senses of the word meretricious:
ADJECTIVEpertmeretriciouslike or relating to a prostitute
allmeretricious, brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashytastelessly showy
allmeretricious, gilded, specious, glossybased on pretense
English > meretricious: 3 senses > adjective 1, pert
Meaninglike or relating to a prostitute.
Example"meretricious relationships"
Usage ofarchaism, archaicismThe use of an archaic expression
Spanishfalaz
Nounsprostitutea woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
English > meretricious: 3 senses > adjective 2
Meaningtastelessly showy.
Example "a meretricious yet stylish book"
Synonymsbrassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
Broadertastelesslacking aesthetic or social taste
Spanishchillón, estridente, hortera, llamativo, vistoso, vulgar
Catalancridaner, estrident, llampant, vulgar
Nounsmeretriciousnesstasteless showiness
Adverbsmeretriciouslyin a meretricious manner
English > meretricious: 3 senses > adjective 3
MeaningBased on pretense; deceptively pleasing.
Examples
  • "meretricious praise"
  • "a meretricious argument"
Synonymsgilded, specious, glossy
Broaderinsincerelacking sincerity
Spanishengañoso, especioso, espurio
Nounsmeretriciousnessan appearance of truth that is false / false or deceptive

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