Definition of meretricious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

meretricious

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌmerəˈtrɪʃəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmerəˈtrɪʃəs//
 
(formal)
 
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seeming attractive, but in fact having no real value Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin meretricius (adjective from meretrix, meretric- ‘prostitute’, from mereri ‘be hired’) + -ous.
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