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English definition of “meretricious”

meretricious

adjective uk   /ˌmer.ɪˈtrɪʃ.əs/ formal us  
seeming attractive but really false or of little value: He claims that a lot of journalism is meretricious and superficial.Affected and insincereAttention-seeking, distracting and showing offNot of good qualityRubbish and wasteInformal words for bad
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