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    carouse

    k@ raUz

    intransitive verb
    to revel in a boisterous and drunken manner.
    They’d been carousing in the bar and were now staggering home, still singing and shouting.

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    notify

    no tih faI

    transitive verb
    to give notice to; tell or inform, esp. formally.
    The contest judges notified the winners by mail.
    Who should we notify in case of an emergency?
    The landlord notified the tenants that the water would be shut off in the morning.

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May
29
2013

meretricious

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meretricious

me rih trI shəs

adjective

1. appealing or attracting in a cheap, showy, or shallow way.
example: Some chandeliers convey opulent elegance, while others can be as meretricious as disco balls.
example: He succumbed to the meretricious charms of Parisian nightclubs.

2. lacking truth or sincerity; deceptive; spurious.
example: meretricious praise; a meretricious way of debating; a meretricious assertion.

Etymology

“1620s, “pertaining to harlots,” from Latin meretricius “of or pertaining to prostitutes,” from meretrix (genitive meretricis) “prostitute,” literally “woman who earns money,” from merere, mereri “to earn, gain” (see merit(n.)). Meaning “gaudily alluring” is from 1630s.” (Doug Harper, www.etymonline.com)