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Examples of tawdry in a Sentence
The scandal was a tawdry affair.
Recent Examples of tawdry from the Web
At first glance the Royal Birkdale clubhouse looks like something that would better belong in a tawdry seaside amusement park like Blackpool just north of here.
If the production doesn’t crackle with the force of a true farce, Marty Burnett’s set — with its Soviet-style posters and garish red curtain — does convey the right sense of tawdry, wannabe glamour.
This is most people’s impression of the addiction: tawdry, pervy, sad, an excuse for laddish behavior.
Similarly, the show’s in-office romance—between Sutton and Joan’s ex-husband from Mad Men—is not a gross, tawdry affair, but instead a genuinely caring relationship between two really kind people.
A reporter for Vice Greece, wrote in 2014 that locals are expected to ignore the tawdry behavior of tourists from Britain, Germany, Australia and Italy, so as not to affect tourism dollars.
His original thought was that relitigating the scandals would demoralize a younger generation of feminist women unfamiliar with the tawdry details.
But this tawdry tweet points to a much more dangerous consequence of Trump's war on much of the media.
These tawdry events have disturbed at least one of United’s institutional shareholders: the City of Tamarac, Fla., Firefighters Pension Trust Fund.
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Did You Know?
In the 7th century, Etheldreda, the queen of Northumbria, renounced her husband and her royal position for the veil of a nun. She was renowned for her saintliness and is traditionally said to have died of a swelling in her throat, which she took as a judgment upon her fondness for wearing necklaces in her youth. Her shrine became a principal site of pilgrimage in England. An annual fair was held in her honor on October 17th, and her name became simplified to St. Audrey. At these fairs various kinds of cheap knickknacks were sold, along with a type of necklace called St. Audrey's lace, which by the 17th century had become altered to tawdry lace. Eventually, tawdry came to be used to describe anything cheap and gaudy that might be found at these fairs or anywhere else.
Origin and Etymology of tawdry
tawdry lace a tie of lace for the neck, from St. Audrey (St. Etheldreda) †679 queen of Northumbria
First Known Use: 1655See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of tawdry
Definition of tawdry
: cheap showy finery
First Known Use of tawdry
TAWDRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tawdry for English Language Learners
: having a cheap and ugly appearance
: morally low or bad
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