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June 30, 2014

victoriousvocabulary:

MERETRICIOUS

[adjective]

1. to look like a whore; painted like a prostitute.

2. a) attracting attention in a vulgar manner; gaudy. b) plausible but false or insincere; specious.

3. of or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.

Etymology: from Latin merētrīcius, from merētrix (prostitute), from merēre (to earn money).

[Lord Frederick Leighton – Light of the Harem]

Vocabulary: meretricious

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