meretricious


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meretricious

adjective artificial, brummagem, cheap, counterfeit, deceitful, deceptive, delusive, fake, false, fraudulent, garish, gaudy, imitation, misleading, mock, ornate, sham, showy, speciously attractive, spurious, tawdry, theatrical, tinsel, vulgar
Associated concepts: adultery, meretricious relationship
See also: dishonest, disreputable, fraudulent, pretentious, tawdry
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In consultation with experts, I reduced the adjectives to six groups: advanced [left and right arrow] common, elegant [left and right arrow] meretricious, exquisite rough, warm [left and right arrow] cold, soft [left and right arrow], hard, and natural [left and right arrow] artificial.
And it was in these instances of conceptual friction between the exhibition's program and actual artistic phenomena, when the presence of exceptional works of art (by Marisa Merz, Dieter Roth, Bruce Nauman, and Richard Serra, for example) and real discoveries (such as the work of the late Channa Horwitz or of Prabhavathi Meppayil) collided with the meretricious contributions of so many amateurish operators, that the spectator was suddenly reawakened to the essential functions and capacities of actual art.
No child should be exposed to the shallow and meretricious circle in which Mr Cowell delights.
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Is it possible," he continues, "that Cormac McCarthy might have something larger in mind than meretricious entertainment?
It showed it as a meretricious place, the home of the flash and the desperate.
Last week Jackanory creator Joy Whitby argued that children under five should not be left alone in front of the television, and that there were a "glutting amount" of "noisy, meretricious cartoons" that were of no benefit to children's development.
This depiction of the anxiety of parenting helps to explain the meretricious appeal of the more confident, technical scientific discourses which promise that applying a certain technique properly will yield a certain result.
If it is scripted--written--then the action embodied is secondary, derivative, meretricious, an imitation of an imitation of an imitation.
Over the last eight years our objective has not been just conquering the technical challenges but to engage people with an emotional and intellectual experience that is entirely new' our objective has been to arouse a real sense of wonder in a world that too often admires the facile and meretricious.
Although Irwin, played by Kieran Buckeridge, uses meretricious tricks that will catch the examiner's eye and help the pupils win a place, he still has some remaining love of learning - as he puts it "a question has a front door and a back, so try the back".
If they can tell all that just by what another deer leaves behind, imagine what a meretricious message we leave every time we pass through the woods.