AskDefine | Define gaudiness

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2 strident color or excessive ornamentation [syn: garishness]

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  1. Pretension in appearance. Overly done and distastefully adorned.
    Nearby residents don't want any gaudiness in the building's renovation, they want it to be tasteful and understated.

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Barnumism, affectation, apparent character, appearances, arsenic green, bedizenment, beggarliness, big talk, blatancy, brazenness, cheapness, clashing colors, coarseness, color clash, colorfulness, contemptibleness, convolution, crassness, crudeness, crudity, crumminess, dash, dazzle, dazzlingness, despicableness, display, earthiness, exteriors, external appearance, externals, extravagance, extravaganza, extravagation, facade, flagrancy, flamboyance, flashiness, flatulence, flatulency, front, fulsomeness, gaiety, garishness, gaudery, glare, glitter, gorgeousness, grandiloquence, grandioseness, grandiosity, grossness, high-flown diction, inflatedness, inflation, jaundiced yellow, jauntiness, jazziness, lexiphanicism, luridness, magniloquence, meanness, mere externals, mere rhetoric, meretriciousness, meritlessness, miserableness, obscenity, obtrusiveness, orotundity, ostent, ostentation, ostentatious complexity, outward appearance, outward show, paltriness, panache, pitiableness, pitifulness, platitudinous ponderosity, polysyllabic profundity, pomposity, pompous prolixity, pompousness, pontification, poorness, pretension, pretentiousness, prose run mad, public image, rawness, rhetoric, rhetoricalness, ribaldry, roughness, rudeness, sadness, screaming color, sensationalism, sententiousness, shabbiness, shamelessness, shocking pink, shoddiness, show, showiness, sorriness, speciousness, sportiness, stiltedness, superficiality, surface appearance, surface show, swelling utterance, swollen phrase, swollenness, tall talk, tawdriness, tortuosity, tortuousness, tumidity, tumidness, turgescence, turgidity, unworthiness, vain show, vileness, vulgarness, worthlessness, wretchedness
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