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The increased eyes on these cases have led average people to become armchair detectives, overrunning comments sections with tawdry speculation.

The site of a massacre ordered by British officers more than a century ago, the somber memorial has recently been given what several observers have called a tawdry makeover.

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It has been reclaimed by some as a marker of empowerment and by others as a critical satire of male bravado and tawdry, art-world branding.

We hear Ruby, “the owner of tawdry nightclubs and strip clubs,” telling a reporter in a choked voice, “I love this city because there is so much culture here.”

There is, however, one unsung hero to this otherwise tawdry story.

The show has been accused of peddling the kind of tawdry sentiment that has driven the inhabitants of Detroit to distraction.

So, why is it, then that are there so few movies lately that are not jaded, tawdry, humorlessly moralistic, or amorally violent?

But using donors to enrich oneself is as an old and tawdry practice that is about getting rich, not famous.

The tawdry details of the Clinton scandals differed, but the basic narrative was one to which Americans were becoming inured.

In the centre of this table stood a tawdry Japanese vase, worth, perhaps, five or six shillings.

Even the children were not whimpering, the tawdry women were not hysterical, not a parrot raised his voice nor a dog whined.

The fire was the really great adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.

Singularly enough, this modest lady gave the origin to the word “tawdry,” so Thornbury declares.

Can't you see what a miserable sham the thing is—a cheap, tawdry imitation of the splendid classic type?


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On this page you'll find 78 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tawdry, such as: sleazy, tacky, vulgar, blatant, brazen, and chintzy.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.