Usage examples for meretricious

  1. It came as a shock to the British public that the man who, but a couple of years before, had stood in the public pillory, the man whose work the great majority, who had never even read it, believed to be artificial, meretricious, and superficial, should be the author of a deeply moving poem that could be read by the most prudish and strait- laced. – Oscar Wilde by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  2. Never has the frippery of a court been shrivelled by such fierce and consuming light, glaring like a fiery sun on its meretricious splendours. – The Story of Paris by Thomas Okey
  3. Before his death the critics, tiring of him sooner than the public, called Martin tricky, meretricious, mechanical. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  4. I have omitted no exertion to prevent him and them from sinking to that level to which the meretricious French faction his Grace at least coquets with omit no exertion to reduce both. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  5. He never allowed himself to be enticed away from his own profession by the meretricious allurements of general politics. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  6. The intellect and moral manliness of Webster underlies all his great orations and speeches; and this plain force of manhood, this sturdy grapple with every question that comes before his understanding for settlement, leads him to reject all the meretricious aids and ornaments of mere rhetoric, and is prominent, among the many exceptional qualities of his large nature, which have given him a high position among the prose- writers of his country as a consummate master of English style. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
  7. Women of meretricious life were distinguished by the way they wore their hair cut and combed over their brows, just like modern fringes. – Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll
  8. Here, in the clear, pure splendour of the sunlit air, the place where he had been last night loomed up in his consciousness as something meretricious and unwholesome. – Austin and His Friends by Frederic H. Balfour
  9. He never loaded his sentences with meretricious finery, or high- sounding, supernumerary words. – Oration on the Life and Character of Henry Winter Davis by John A. J. Creswell
  10. If these delights thy mind may move, leave, oh, leave the meretricious town, and come to the airy peaks. – The British Barbarians by Grant Allen
  11. To his personal attractions, such as they are, he has never been solicitous of contributing by the meretricious aids of dress. – The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
  12. The troubadour sang because he was a professional poet, but the lady who composed poetry did so from love of the art or from the inspiration of feeling and therefore felt no need of meretricious adornment for her song. – The Troubadours by H.J. Chaytor
  13. This is one of the reasons why Every woman is the rival of every other woman: This woman will be herself, her own true, simple, and virtuous self; will resort to no subterfuge, adopt no meretricious methods, scorn to rely upon tactics or strategy, be ever reserved, reluctant, shy;- yet fail. – Hints for Lovers by Arnold Haultain
  14. What I call really meretricious can be found yet higher on the hill; towering to the sky and dominating all the valleys. – The New Jerusalem by G. K. Chesterton
  15. Surely you had imagination enough to feel the significance of the line without this meretricious trick to aid you. – My Contemporaries In Fiction by David Christie Murray
  16. He was a painter of ability, but perhaps his greatest influence was as a teacher and an instructor in what was good art as distinguished from what was false and meretricious. – A Text-Book of the History of Painting by John C. Van Dyke
  17. The meretricious stanzas of Brady and Tate are inanity itself in comparison. – Leading Articles on Various Subjects by Hugh Miller
  18. Straight before me, the metropolis, like a devouring monster, exhibited its equivocal and meretricious beauties, its extensive manufactories, its aspiring churches and towers, and other innumerable edifices. – A Morning's Walk from London to Kew by Richard Phillips
  19. Livia and Agrippina the Elder were exceptions; but the rule was, and has been in all history, that the activity of women in State affairs was accompanied by an abundance of meretricious amatory intrigues. – Roman Women Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries, Volume 2 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain