meretricious
[ mer-i-trish-uhs ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
1630's; Frenchfrom merere, mereri "to earn, gain" (from PIE root *(s)mer- (2) "to get a share of something"). Meaning "gaudily alluring, alluring by false attractions". Related: Meretriciously; meretriciousness.
Synonyms
  • garish
  • ornate
  • showy
Antonyms
  • genuine
  • real
  • unembellished
Definition
alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry
Example
The casino had a meretricious appeal that attracted an interesting crowd.
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