◄ Meretricious ►

1. (a.) Attracting attention in a vulgar manner; gaudy; pertaining to prostitutes\; having to do with harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic.

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

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