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Wordnet 3.0

ADVERB (1)

1. in a meretricious manner;
- Example: "the boat is meretriciously decorated"
[syn: meretriciously, flashily]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Meretricious \Mer`e*tri"cious\, a. [L. meretricius, from meretrix, -icis, a prostitute, lit., one who earns money, i. e., by prostitution, fr. merere to earn, gain. See Merit.] 1. Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic. [1913 Webster] 2. Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as, meretricious dress or ornaments. [1913 Webster] 3. Deceptive or based on deception; seeming plausible, but based on pretense or insincerity; deceptive; misleading; insincere; specious; as, meretricious arguments. [PJC] -- Mer`e*tri"cious*ly, adv. -- Mer`e*tri"cious*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

meretriciously adv 1: in a meretricious manner; "the boat is meretriciously decorated" [syn: meretriciously, flashily]