from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Glittering or tawdry material; that with which a gaudy show is made, or the show itself.
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If they can be hung over with gewgaws and tinselry, if plumes shall tremble on their heads, silks shall rustle about them, and jewels shine wherever they go, to catch every eye and bewilder every passer-by, they fancy they are in the upper-ten of womanhood.
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The tree in the corner of the room flashes its tinselry in the dying light.
There was much truth in them, but the true was so ingeniously woven with what was false, none but the most experienced eye could detect the tinselry from the gold.
I abhor the gaudy tinselry which loads the devotees of fashion, indicative of false tastes and false principles; but white and pearls remind me of every thing pure and holy in nature.