Definition of Meretriciousness

1. Noun. An appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility. "The speciousness of his argument"

Exact synonyms: Speciousness
Generic synonyms: Deceptiveness, Obliquity
Derivative terms: Meretricious, Specious, Specious



2. Noun. Tasteless showiness.

Definition of Meretriciousness

1. Noun. The property of being meretricious. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of Meretriciousness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1912)
"... and occasionally takes a fling at the "salacious writers" who have seen meretriciousness in this or that amour of Goethe's. At the same time, ..."

2. The Contemporary Review (1867)
"... the ambition of the sculptor, and so the work, not content to be unobtrusive and quiet, falls into extravagance and excess. The meretriciousness of ..."

3. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"The defects of this school are unreality and meretriciousness; its redeeming qualities are a certain warmth of colouring and largeness of handling, ..."

4. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1885)
"And it may be that this blinding brilliancy of sunlight betrayed Mr Fildes into meretriciousness, when he emptied his colour-box on "Venetians" washing ..."

5. The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt by Leigh Hunt (1850)
"The face, however, has the very worst look of meretriciousness, which is want of feeling; and this, we are bound to suppose, would at least have been veiled ..."

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