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tawdry

Synonyms and Antonyms of tawdry

marked by low quality and unbecoming appearance
  • We tolerate the neighbors' tawdry Christmas display during the holidays, but by January we're about sick of it.
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Synonym Discussion of tawdry

gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious mean vulgarly or cheaply showy. gaudy implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation.
    • circus performers in gaudy costumes
tawdry applies to what is at once gaudy and cheap and sleazy.
    • tawdry saloons
garish describes what is distressingly or offensively bright.
    • garish neon signs
flashy implies an effect of brilliance quickly and easily seen to be shallow or vulgar.
    • a flashy nightclub act
meretricious stresses falsity and may describe a tawdry show that beckons with a false allure or promise.
    • a meretricious wasteland of casinos and bars


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