Illusory vs Meretricious - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between illusory and meretricious
is that illusory
is resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal while meretricious
is (obsolete) of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.
Resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal
- Enron's profits were all illusory .
(obsolete) Of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.
Tastelessly gaudy; superficially attractive but having in reality no value or substance; falsely alluring.
* , chapter=10
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=He looked round the poor room, at the distempered walls, and the bad engravings in meretricious
frames, the crinkly paper and wax flowers on the chiffonier; and he thought of a room like Father Bryan's, with panelling, with cut glass, with tulips in silver pots, such a room as he had hoped to have for his own.}}
* 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.
* (tastelessly showy) brassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy