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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mer·e·tri·cious a.
 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.
 -- Mer*e*tri*cious*ly, adv. -- Mer*e*tri*cious*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming
           plausibility; "the speciousness of his argument" [syn: speciousness]
      2: tasteless showiness [syn: flashiness, garishness, gaudiness,
          loudness, brashness, tawdriness, glitz]