Adjective "meretricious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Apparently attractive but having no real value.
  1. 'Hathaway is suitably perky for her role, but there's no real humor here, the political edge is simply meretricious, and even the special effects stink.'
  2. '‘A mendacious, monkey-brained leader with a meretricious, money-grabbing wife’, he says, just to give you a little more context.'
  3. 'This dopey, loopy novel not only fails as literature but can't even deliver the cheap, meretricious thrills that make so many popular novels popular.'
  4. 'Not the old, proud, quietly beautiful gold that was cherished to them, but the meretricious, cheap, glaring bright gold that seemed to try too hard at being beautiful.'
  5. 'Too often, it seemed to me, he was determined to discover in a literary work what was phony or meretricious rather than what was admirable.'
  6. 'But that's meretricious, in every sense of the term.'
  7. 'By the time I exited grad school, the feeling of an era being over - however meretricious in some of its particulars the era might have been - was unmistakable.'
  8. 'As the Telegraph explains, critics universally enjoy rubbishing his work - just poster art, says the Guardian, meretricious rubbish, says the Times.'
  9. 'Stars no longer have the guts to protest such meretricious displays of ego and decadence with their absence, or to inappropriately hijack award shows for their own political purposes.'
  10. 'But if millions of people can choose the meretricious rather than the meritorious in so simple a thing as coffee and cafés, is it sensible to give them the vote when much more complex issues are at stake?'
Relating to or characteristic of a prostitute.


    1. alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry.

    2. based on pretense, deception, or insincerity.

    3. pertaining to or characteristic of a prostitute.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "yardsticks can be meretricious."

    "souvenirs can be meretricious."

    "sentiment-by-numberses can be meretricious."

    "researchs can be meretricious."

    "populisms can be meretricious."

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    Early 17th century: from Latin meretricius (adjective from meretrix, meretric- ‘prostitute’, from mereri ‘be hired’) + -ous.