Meretriciousness
Meretricious Mer`e*tri"cious, a. [L. meretricius, from meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns money, i. e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See {Merit}.] 1. Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic. [1913 Webster]

2. Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as, meretricious dress or ornaments. [1913 Webster]

3. Deceptive or based on deception; seeming plausible, but based on pretense or insincerity; deceptive; misleading; insincere; specious; as, meretricious arguments. [PJC] -- {Mer`e*tri"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Mer`e*tri"cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • meretriciousness — mer e*tri cious*ness n. 1. an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility. Syn: speciousness. [WordNet 1.5] 2. tasteless showiness. Syn: flashiness, garishness, gaudiness, loudness, tawdriness, glitz. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • meretriciousness — index bad faith Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • meretriciousness — noun see meretricious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • meretriciousness — See meretriciously. * * * …   Universalium

  • meretriciousness — noun The property of being meretricious …   Wiktionary

  • meretriciousness — merɪ trɪʃəsnɪs n. wantonness, lewdness; cheapness, loudness; deception; gaudiness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • meretriciousness — mer·e·tri·cious·ness …   English syllables

  • meretriciousness — noun 1. an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility the speciousness of his argument • Syn: ↑speciousness • Derivationally related forms: ↑meretricious, ↑specious (for: ↑speciousness) …   Useful english dictionary

  • brashness — noun 1. tasteless showiness • Syn: ↑flashiness, ↑garishness, ↑gaudiness, ↑loudness, ↑meretriciousness, ↑tawdriness, ↑glitz • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • flashiness — noun tasteless showiness • Syn: ↑garishness, ↑gaudiness, ↑loudness, ↑brashness, ↑meretriciousness, ↑tawdriness, ↑glitz • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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