Sentence: “To argue that by taking the actions that he did, the president kept America safe is meretricious,” Smith writes, adding: “The fact is, the threat of terrorism that confronts the United States is in many respects a direct result of Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.” (Source: www.nytimes.com)
Meaning: Attractive to look at but does not have any real value; Deceptively pleasing; Gaudy; Tawdry; Specious
How To Remember?
The “mere” in “Meretricious” should remind you how the merit is not of any real value. It is just for show. A mere merit – flashy! Not of any real use.
You can also remember it by thinking of the word as “mere trick” – no real substance, just a trick!
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