1. cynically "selling oneself" for profit, with no concern for principle
1. People knew that he had preferred to take this position at Western University not because of any purely academic considerations, but because he was meretricious and the university had offered the highest salary.
2. characterized by or relating to this attitude
2. I never want to be one of those meretricious novelists who seek to become rich and famous by catering to popular taste.
merere (to earn, gain) (Latin)
like a merit (meret) certificate. flashy and attractive in a way. but of no REAL value. Meretricious = Mere + Tricious. 'Mere' means triffle or something less important. its not Merit, its mere tric (k)