Illusory vs Meretricious - What's the difference?

illusory | meretricious |


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.

illusory

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Resulting from an illusion; deceptive, imaginary, unreal
  • Enron's profits were all illusory .

    meretricious

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.
  • Tastelessly gaudy; superficially attractive but having in reality no value or substance; falsely alluring.
  • * , chapter=10
  • , title= 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.

    Synonyms

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