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gaudy is a synonym of flashy

adjective [ gaw-dee ]

gaudy is another word for flashy

Flashy and gaudy describe things that are conspicuously showy and intended to attract attention and impress. Flashy suggests a person’s blatant, glitzy display of wealth (real or apparent): flashy cars; flashy clothes. Gaudy is less about personal lifestyle and consumption and more about taste and aesthetics. Gaudy suggests excessively bright colors and ornamentation, often tasteless or cheap: gaudy Christmas lights; gaudy gold ring; gaudy colors; gaudy costume.

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gaudy gold
Everyone made so much fun of the gaudy gold frame on the huge antique mirror I brought home that I was too embarrassed to admit I loved it, and let them paint over it with a more subdued color.
gaudy + tacky
They’d read about how the bright lights of the big city shone on the beach, but now that they were actually there, it all looked gaudy and tacky to them.

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ghoulish is a synonym of ghastly

adjective [ goo-lish ]

ghoulish is another word for ghastly

In casual use, especially when the topic is Halloween or horror movies, ghastly and ghoulish get lumped together, along with other grisly, gory, and gruesome words beginning with the letter “g.” Ghastly and ghoulish have the definitions “like a ghost” and “like a ghoul,” but it’s the extended meanings we’re concerned with here. Ghastly, often used of acts and events, suggests something shockingly frightful, horrible, or repellent, particularly to the eye. You can be sure a ghastly accident or ghastly murder involved a fair amount of blood and gore. Ghoulish is less frequent, as ghouls are less prominent in American culture than ghosts. A ghoul is a demon originating in Muslim lore, said to dig up graves and feed on human corpses, and ghoulish suggests something that demonstrates monstrous cruelty or a fascination with such: the zombies’ ghoulish mission; ghoulish fascination with serial killer movies.

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positively ghoulish
The original story of Hansel and Gretel is positively ghoulish compared to the watered-down version we read in primary school.
ghoulish fascination
He did not want to even hear about how his sister’s snake ingested dead mice, but his sister watched it every day with ghoulish fascination.

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garb is a synonym of clothing

noun [ gahrb ]

garb is another word for clothing

Clothing refers to what we cover our bodies with. If we’re talking about clothing and specify that it is worn by a certain group of people or for a particular occasion, garb could be a strong alternative: prison garb; funeral garb. Garb sometimes suggests costume: actors dressed in period garb.  Perhaps because garb draws attention to itself separately from the wearer, it is used figuratively, as the word “guise” is, to refer to an outward appearance that hides what’s underneath: manipulation cloaked in the garb of generosity.

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don + garb
I didn’t recognize my uncle because he had donned full 80’s garb for the Halloween party.
traditional garb
At the international festival, people wearing the traditional garb of their countries stood in line for popcorn with people wearing everyday street clothes.

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