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The word ‘tawdry’ is used in two main ways. Firstly, it describes an item, such as clothing or furniture, that is badly made or tacky in appearance or quality. Secondly, it can be used to express something, such as a situation or event, that is distasteful and exhibits low moral standards. In both cases, the term has highly negative connotations.
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We were put up in a tawdry hotel for the convention. The rooms were all decorated and furnished in a very tacky, gaudy fashion.
I struggle sometimes with the tawdriness of the business I’m in. It involves a lot of clandestine meetings and underhanded dealings.
The office party turned into an extremely tawdry affair, filled with debauched behaviour. Disciplinary action will certainly follow.