Definition of meretricious :
1. Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with harlots; lustful; as, meretricious traffic.
2. Resembling the arts of a harlot; alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as, meretricious dress or ornaments.
inexpensive, trashy, glaring, brazen, jazzy, brassy, brasslike, brazen-faced, tatty, gaudy, style, sleazy, crummy, gimcrack, sporty, grand, pretentious, tacky, princely, barefaced, loud, shabby, moth-eaten, brummagem, tawdry, audacious, chinchy, punk, flash, flashy, shoddy, chintzy, cheap, insolent, bodacious, rubbishy, cheesy, gilded, bald-faced, insincere, aureate, spurious, tasteless, ornate, showy, forte, gold, cheapjack, tinsel, sumptuous, specious, in poor taste, golden, deluxe, opulent, luxurious, bum, garish, tinny, ratty, gilt
unimportant (part of speech: adjective)
- They were rather good looking, but full of meretricious arts and impudence. - "The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes", Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
- He was a painter of ability, but perhaps his greatest influence was as a teacher and an instructor in what was good art as distinguished from what was false and meretricious. - "A Text-Book of the History of Painting", John C. Van Dyke.
- He has crowded the exterior, as well as the rooms, with a thousand additions of a meretricious character which detract very much from the charm of the fine old inn and defeat the owner's object, that of making it attractive on account of its age and associations. - "Normandy, Complete The Scenery & Romance Of Its Ancient Towns", Gordon Home.