gilded vs meretricious what difference

what is difference between gilded and meretricious

English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɪldɪd/

Verb

gilded

  1. simple past tense and past participle of gild

Adjective

gilded

  1. Having the color or quality of gold.
  2. Made of gold or covered by a thin layer of gold.
  3. Having a falsely pleasant appearance; sugarcoated.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act II Scene 7
      All that glisters is not gold;
      Often have you heard that told:
      Many a man his life hath sold
      But my outside to behold:
      Gilded tombs do worms infold.
      Had you been as wise as bold,
      Young in limbs, in judgement old,
      Your answer had not been inscroll’d:
      Fare you well; your suit is cold.

Derived terms

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Anagrams

  • glided


English

Etymology

From Latin meretrīcius, from meretrīx (harlot, prostitute), from mereō (earn, deserve, merit) (English merit) + -trīx ((female agent)) (English -trix).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌmɛɹɪˈtɹɪʃəs/, /ˌmɛɹəˈtɹɪʃəs/
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃəs

Adjective

meretricious (comparative more meretricious, superlative most meretricious)

  1. Tastelessly gaudy; superficially attractive but having in reality no value or substance; falsely alluring.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 164:
      When I lifted my eyes from the page, there was none of the meretricious argument London always offers that the sole real purpose in life is to hustle for a buck.
  2. (law) Involving unlawful sexual connection or lack of consent by at least one party (said of a romantic relationship).
  3. (obsolete) Of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.

Synonyms

  • (tastelessly showy): brassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy

Related terms

  • merit (see also: merit: related terms)

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