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Daemon
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tawdry

(adjective) Tastelessly showy.

Synonyms: flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, trashy, brassy, cheap

Usage: It was a tawdry affair, all Cupids and cornucopias, like a third-rate wedding-cake.
Mehrdad77
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tawdry (adj.)
"no longer fresh or elegant but worn as if it were so; in cheap and ostentatious imitation of what is rich or costly," 1670s, adjective use of noun tawdry "silk necktie for women" (1610s), shortened from tawdry lace (1540s), an alteration (with adhesion of the -t- from Saint) of St. Audrey's lace, a necktie or ribbon sold at the annual fair at Ely on Oct. 17 commemorating St. Audrey (queen of Northumbria, died 679). Her association with lace necklaces is that she supposedly died of a throat tumor, which, according to Bede, she considered God's punishment for her youthful stylishness:

"I know of a surety that I deservedly bear the weight of my trouble on my neck, for I remember that, when I was a young maiden, I bore on it the needless weight of necklaces; and therefore I believe the Divine goodness would have me endure the pain in my neck, that so I may be absolved from the guilt of my needless levity, having now, instead of gold and pearls, the fiery heat of a tumour rising on my neck." [A.M. Sellar translation, 1907]
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Tawdry means cheap, shoddy, or tasteless. It can be used to describe almost anything from clothes to people to even events or affairs.
Mehrdad77
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You know that shiny black slip you picked up for nothing at a garage sale and used as the skirt of your lion-tamer Halloween costume? It's a bit tawdry. But it would really be tawdry if you wore it on a regular day out. Tawdry things often have a hint of desperation and immorality — like tawdry extramarital affairs or tawdry tales. With tawdry decorations and jewelry, quality has been exchanged for lots of flash and shine.

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Emel Rapchan
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Adyl Mouhei
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«YOUR devotion to God is best expressed by achieving the control of the senses. For the senses rush towards the temporary and the tawdry, and they foul the heart.»


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Examples from modern media.

• Is it not morally wrong for a man of his age and position to have such a tawdry affair with a young woman less than half his age?
• By now, of course, some of the more tawdry details of those financial manipulations have become better known, thanks to the diligent work of reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other spaces.
• New York City's salons capture the tawdry reality of illegal immigration, which creates islands of lawlessness where people can be mistreated with little consequence.
• Moreover, Ruto and Odinga share more than a love of squabbling parties, with each having a very tawdry past on the corruption front.
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