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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of tinsel.


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  • Or tinselled crowns, for forms that sensed no haloes

    Upwards, Into the White Eye Rising

  • Yes, a lie, turned topsy – turvy, can be prinked and tinselled out, decked in plumage new and fine, till none knows its lean old carcass.

    Peer Gynt

  • I say impotent, for I observe that to such grievances as society cannot readily cure, it usually forbids utterance, on pain of its scorn: this scorn being only a sort of tinselled cloak to its deformed weakness.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • I could tell them vague tales of their poetry, and cruel wars: but it seemed so distant and tinselled an age.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • Ah! if he could only manage to prevent it, if she could sprain her ankle before starting, if the driver of the carriage which was to take her to the station would consent (no matter how great the bribe) to smuggle her to some place where she could be kept for a time in seclusion, that perfidious woman, her eyes tinselled with a smile of complicity for

    Swann's Way

  • For though the kingdom of Israel was more flourishing in wealth and in number of inhabitants, yet because it was spurious, it was not the object of God's favor: nor indeed was it right, that, by its tinselled splendor, it should eclipse the glory of the Divine election which was engraven upon the tribe of Judah.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • But in spite of his habitual bonhomie his expression darkened when Ayesha undid her bundle to show him two dozen figures of a young man in a clown hat, accompanied by a decorated bullock that could dip its tinselled head.

    The Satanic Verses

  • In the middle of this picture stood the Mardian dolmen, unencumbered now, glinting with frost as if, incongruously, it had been tinselled for the occasion.

    Death of a Fool

  • Till at last they show the Pontiff, a lay figure stuffed and tinselled;

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 27, January, 1860

  • Whatever homage we may be compelled to pay to the sweetness of Virgil's muse, and his marvellous power of melody, this at least is undeniable, that in inventive genius he falls immeasurably short of the Greek, and that his scenes of action are at once both tinselled and tame.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847


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