The Closing Word: Meretricious

The Closing Word: RailleryThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (mair-uh-TRISH-us)

1. tastelessly showy
2. based on pretense; deceptively pleasing
3. like or relating to a prostitute

From “Have you ever heard the phrase “fake it until you make it”? That is advice that encourages you to be meretricious, pretending to be something you aren’t, like the meretricious flaunting of gigantic fake diamond earrings, pretending they are real — and that you can afford them.”

“If you’re a rookie agent, don’t make meretricious claims about your standing in the community.”


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