Definition for MER-E-TRI'CIOUS

MER-E-TRI'CIOUS, a. [L. meretricius, from meretrix, a prostitute.]

  1. Pertaining to prostitutes; such as is practiced by harlots; as, meretricious arts.
  2. Alluring by false show; worn for disguise; having a gaudy but deceitful appearance; false; as, meretricious dress or ornaments.

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