VCR Lesson 7

Rhea Parikh

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from lesson 7

Students that wear ________ outfits to school are sent home or asked to change because those clothes are distracting and inappropriate.
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Meretricious

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


Definition 2: Insincere; based on pretense and deception.


Part of Speech: adjective (for both definitions)


Synonyms 1:

-showy

-garish

-gaudy


Antonyms 1:

-unobtrusive

-inconspicuous

-restrained


Synonyms 2:

-deceitful

-untruthful

-false


Antonyms 2:

-honest

-sincere

-unfeigned


Roots: Meretricious comes from the latin roots mereo, merere, merui, meritum meaning "to earn," "to deserve," and "to merit."


History: The word meretricious was adapted in the 17th century, used to describe things that are superficially attractive and have no integrity.

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In the Great Gatsby, on page 98, it says "the truth was that Jay Gatsby...was a son of God...and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty" (Fitzgerald). The picture above showcases one of Gatsby's parties, which can be described as meretricious.

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold is used incorrectly.

A. Claire's mother was angry to find the meretricious poster on Claire's bedroom wall, saying that it was inappropriate and disgusting.

B. The meretricious style used by E.L. James in Fifty Shades of Grey causes many people to condemn her as they believe her work is obscene.

C. New York has many meretricious taxi drivers who try to take advantage of tourists by charging them higher fees.

D. Olympic athletes generally say that winning a gold medal is by far their most meretricious accomplishment.

Answer choice D is correct. The word "meritorious" should be used there instead.