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Dictionary definition for: Meretricious

1. (a) like or relating to a prostitute; "meretricious relationships"

2. (s) tastelessly showy; "a flash car" "a flashy ring" "garish colors" "a gaudy costume" "loud sport shirts" "a meretricious yet stylish book" "tawdry ornaments"

3. (s) based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; "the gilded and perfumed but inwardly rotten nobility" "meretricious praise" "a meretricious argument"

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