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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There's enough meretricious beauty in this movie to fill five Platonic ballparks.
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160) In order to determine whether a meretricious relationship exists, several factors are examined, including "continuous cohabitation, duration of relationship, pooling of resources, purpose of relationship, services for joint projects, and the intent of the parties.
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.
Reading him thus, Lecompte argues, Dubois and others saw Macrobius as an antique justification for their activities, proving that the ancients would have accepted their humanist successors as true peers and not called them mere imitators, their commentaries no more meretricious than the mindless labors of a scribe.
The tangential section of Paulownia taiwaniana was perceived to possess a common image; meretricious and rough images were associated with the tangential section of Cassia siamea.
I'm not referring to marquee films like Schindler's List, The Reader, or Inglourious Basterds (although I made it a point of honor not to see the last) or even slightly meretricious reconstructions like Defiance, replete with an Aryan-looking Daniel Craig in the lead role as one of three intrepid Jewish brothers.
This murky and meretricious beloved, who comes from a frumpy family ("This sister's kids smelled like pets"), soon finds other ne'er-do-wells of more interest than her huddled husband.
It is fascinating to learn of the lengths that someone would go to in order to sell their meretricious wares.
The fact that Abraham's agreement was not a meritorious act but a meretricious one can be measured by the imagined reactions to it by the three other principals in this great drama: God, Sarah and Isaac.