Meretri'cious. adj. [meretricius, meretrix, Latin.] Whorish; such as is practised by prostitutes; alluring by false show.
Our degenerate understandings having suffered a sad divorce from their dearest object, defile themselves with every meretricious semblance, that the variety of opinion presents them with. Glanville's Scep.
Not by affected, meretricious arts,
But strict harmonious symmetry of parts. Roscommon.