It was a tawdry affair, all Cupids and cornucopias, like a third-rate wedding cake.
"My son, don’t say such dreadful things," murmured Mrs. Vane, taking up a tawdry theatrical dress, with a sigh, and beginning to patch it.
They talked to each other across the theatre, and shared their oranges with the tawdry girls who sat beside them.
But you must think of that lonely death in the tawdry dressing-room simply as a strange lurid fragment from some Jacobean tragedy, as a wonderful scene from Webster, or Ford, or Cyril Tourneur.
In one corner, with his head buried in his arms, a sailor sprawled over a table, and by the tawdrily-painted bar that ran across one complete side stood two haggard women mocking an old man who was brushing the sleeves of his coat with an expression of disgust.
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These women wore stoles of fur or feathers; their dresses were tawdry colors—reds and oranges and yellows.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
In his last breaths, was he trying to tell me about the death of his adopted family—or admit to some tawdry, decades-long affair?
Ransom Riggs -- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children