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meretricious

tawdry or tastelessly showy, vulgar; falsely or deceptively attractive;
based on pretense or insincerity


Sightings:

The gospel according to a serial killer

Shades of meaning: cheap but not sleazy

The law on cohabitation

When caring is a liability

Original reporting on the Sacco and Vanzetti case

When bad poems happen to good people

Church organs of ill repute

Much ado about a portrait

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