Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being tawdry; excessive display of finery; ostentatious display without elegance.
- n. The property of being tawdry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Quality or state of being tawdry.
- n. tasteless showiness
“The person at fualt for the 'tawdriness' is Bill Clinton.”
“Yet the finished beads, whether attached in thick masses to garments, or strung in long flexible rows, were very comely and without a trace of the tawdriness, which is so characteristic of uncivilized peoples.”
“Hence the tawdriness which is justly alleged against much Italian literature.”
“Sidney understands the tawdriness of his dreams, though he can't free himself of their power over him.”
“The worst smack of tawdriness, even indecency, which is why puns, like off-color jokes, are often followed by apologies.”
“The students, the graying hippies, the Turks and the trademark tawdriness are all still there, but the corner has lost its authentic bustle, or gained a broader, more anonymous bustle, which suggests the check-in counter at an understaffed airport.”
“But he harbors secrets, mostly of his own psychopathology, which begin to surface as he gets caught up in local tawdriness.”
“In short, the real-life off-field exploits have started to outstrip the tawdriness depicted in television dramas such as Britain's popular "Footballers 'Wives" -- and the parade of mug shots and legal revelations that punctuate "SportsCenter" every night.”
“We are in an era of high-profile tawdriness among our highest profile athletic stars.”
“The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld by Herbert Asbury: Thank God for Herbert Asbury, the unapologetic yellow journalist from the 1930s who, a few years before publishing this masterpiece on the bawdiness and tawdriness of the Vieux Carré, wrote The Gangs of New York.”
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