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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.
INDIA IS TURNING THE SITE OF A COLONIAL MASSACRE INTO AN INSTAGRAM-FRIENDLY ATTRACTIONMANAVI KAPURSEPTEMBER 11, 2021QUARTZ
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.
ARTIST LYNDA BENGLIS BECAME CONTROVERSIAL IN AN INSTANT, BUT HER CAREER HAS THRIVED FOR DECADESPHILIP KENNICOTTAUGUST 26, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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.”
THE TRIAL OF THE MAN WHO KILLED THE MAN WHO KILLED KENNEDYTHURSTON CLARKEJULY 9, 2021WASHINGTON POST
In the centre of this table stood a tawdry Japanese vase, worth, perhaps, five or six shillings.
BELLA DONNAROBERT HICHENS
Even the children were not whimpering, the tawdry women were not hysterical, not a parrot raised his voice nor a dog whined.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
The fire was the really great adornment; all else was cheap, and some of it was tawdry.
WAYSIDE COURTSHIPSHAMLIN GARLAND
Singularly enough, this modest lady gave the origin to the word “tawdry,” so Thornbury declares.
MILTON'S ENGLANDLUCIA AMES MEAD
Can't you see what a miserable sham the thing is—a cheap, tawdry imitation of the splendid classic type?
THE TINTED VENUSF. ANSTEY
There is no superfluous ornament in his orations, nothing tawdry, nothing otiose.
SPEECHES AND LETTERS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 1832-1865ABRAHAM LINCOLN
In the all-searching glare of the Mesopotamian sun it is apt to appear merely tawdry.
WAR IN THE GARDEN OF EDENKERMIT ROOSEVELT
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WORDS RELATED TO TAWDRY

  • abandoned
  • barren
  • bogus
  • cheap
  • cheesy
  • crappy
  • cruddy
  • crummy
  • despicable
  • empty
  • flimsy
  • garbage
  • good-for-nothing
  • grungy
  • inferior
  • junky
  • lousy
  • low in quality
  • no-good
  • ratty
  • raunchy
  • shabby
  • shoddy
  • sleazy
  • tawdry
  • useless
  • valueless
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