VCR Lesson 7 Presentation

Bennett Stillerman

CHOOSE THE WORD FROM LESSON 7 THAT BEST COMPLETES THE SENTENCE

The class clown engaged in __________ behavior by throwing paper balls at the teacher to get a few laughs from the rest of the class.

WORD

Meretricious (adj)

1. Attention-getting in a vulgar way; tawdry or tacky

2. Insincere; based on pretense of deception

ROOTS

Mereo, Merere, Merui, Meritum (L) - "to earn," "to deserve," "to merit"

Synonyms

worthless

deceptive

superficial

counterfeit

Antonyms

valuable

ornate

genuine

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CHOOSE THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IS USED INCORRECTLY

A) The jeweler offered the diamond seller $30K, claiming to have never seen one more genuine and meretricious before.


B) The CIA engages in meretricious activity to infiltrate foreign governments and acquire intelligence.


C) Kids often engage in meretricious behavior to get the attention of their parents, such as crying even if they aren't hurt.


D) Occupy Wall Street cited meretricious actions by CEO's during the 2008 recession as they protested inequality.

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A - if the diamond was genuine, it was not meretricious. It cannot be used in combination like that.