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- n. The property of being meretricious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility.
- n. tasteless showiness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being meretricious; false show or allurement; vulgar finery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tasteless showiness
- n. an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility
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But she looked sad, more real than Ella had ever seen her, all the meretriciousness, the desperate girlishness, gone.
In the Clintons 'orbit, meretriciousness is as reflexive as a sneeze, and reflexes are not moral failures.
History will judge those whose meretriciousness, though partly obscured now by the fog of war and passionate debate, will be all to obvious to future generations.
But there was a meretriciousness to the speech tonight that I find deeply troubling, particularly in the use of beautiful words and cadences to slide past the underlying reality.
The striver may wind up with the bigger house, better car and nicer vacations, but the very meretriciousness of these aspirations confirms the liberal arts major's belief in the striver's inferior taste and barren inner life.
Given the old, unattractive ideas and dishonest claims of McCain/Palin, I'd say Obama's fault is in not speaking more directly and unambiguously to the meretriciousness of their rhetoric.
In the take-over of Labour by meretriciousness, its nonconformist traditions, rooted in the world of work, in mutual aid and self-improvement have largely gone.
By his meretriciousness, he has taken himself out.
He just lets his quotations lie resplendently (in both senses of the word “lie”) on the page and allows the attentive reader to savor their many-layered meretriciousness.
I totally support your efforts to expose the meretriciousness of the Republicans, but I fear the problem is much bigger.