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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It's interesting to note how Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore's trips to record wartime London look meretriciously stylish alongside Philip Guston's 1937-38 Bombardment, or the subtly elliptical politics of Joan Miro or Antoni Tapies.
In all other respects, however, he finds the industry guilty as charged of disinformation and denial, of meretriciously heaping scorn on honest scientists "who were dedicated to learning the truth about smoking and not, like the industry's paid and unclean hands, to hiding it.
Berlin, 1938), which cuts meretriciously from the 1926 introduction to the 1920 text and misses out most of Pfitzner's qualifying argument in the latter.
Other characters in Dostoevsky's fiction, similarly sensitive to the other's judgment, meretriciously employ confession as a means toward self-justification, aggrandizement, or exhibition.