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  • Meretricious may be an appropriately long word to describe the overly flashy, and ultimately vacuous film's nature.

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • I think it stands for “Horrid and Meretricious,” at least when it comes ...

    22 – February – 2010 – The Bleat.

  • "Meretricious prose whose pretense at arch sophistication has become a schlock art form, the written equivalent of a Leroy Neiman nude."

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Meretricious airs, and the whole science of wantonness, have then a more powerful stimulus than either appetite or vanity; and this remark gives force to the prevailing opinion, that with chastity all is lost that is respectable in woman.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

  • Meretricious ornaments and manners were necessary to attract his attention.

    Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

  • "Meretricious mental masturbation!" the Tolian concluded grandiosely.

    Bloodhype

  • Meretricious and showy ornaments, designed to look as if they cost more than they really do, have no business in the sincere home where the children are being sincerely educated.

    Study of Child Life

  • Meretricious airs, and the whole science of wantonness, has then a more powerful stimulus than either appetite or vanity; and this remark gives force to the prevailing opinion, that with chastity all is lost that is respectable in woman.

    Chap. IV

  • Meretricious cites and arguments dominate every paragraph of Kagan's brief, except in two place: where she shoots down the Second Circuit's patently errant grounds for dismissal.

    Right Truth

  • In "Meretricious Words" [VIII, 3] Bryan Garner explained, hooker: ` one who hooks or entraps, often in a happy manner ';

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 2

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  • A false display of affection or attraction, like that of a prostitute. The root of the word in latin refers to a woman who earns money by prostitution.

    June 9, 2009