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It is so beautiful that I'm dreadfully afraid it is meretricious.

There is not a meretricious or humiliating book in the whole collection.

There is nothing showy or clever, nothing cheap or meretricious in all their work.

She was half-angry with him in the carriage, and said something about meretricious manners.

She fought against it from an instinctive feeling that it was meretricious.

But then it looked insincere, meretricious, affected, and always haggard.

Unlike his neighbor, Grieg, he is never mincing and meretricious.

The meretricious melodrama did not fool them, but they delighted in its absurdities.

Meretricious ornaments and manners were necessary to attract his attention.

In painting he contented himself with a negative colour, and as the painter of mankind, rejected all meretricious ornament.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, "pertaining to harlots," from Latin meretricius "of or pertaining to prostitutes," from meretrix (genitive meretricis) "prostitute," literally "woman who earns money," from merere, mereri "to earn, gain" (see merit (n.)). Meaning "gaudily alluring" is from 1630s. Related: Meretriciously; meretriciousness.

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