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meretricious

Synonyms of meretricious in English:

adjective

  • the meretricious glitter of the whole charade
    flashy, pretentious, gaudy, tawdry, trashy, garish, chintzy, Brummagem, loud, tinselly, cheap, tasteless, kitschy;
    false, artificial, fake, faked, fraudulent, imitation, bogus, spurious, sham, specious, plastic
    informal tacky
  • meretricious or meritorious?Similar in form, these words are opposite in meaning. Meretricious is used of something with a superficial attractiveness that conceals its essential worthlessness ( the artist had been content to churn out meretricious souvenirs for tourists). Meritorious, on the other hand, means ‘deserving reward, worthy’ ( he received a medal for meritorious conduct).

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