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kitsch

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Pronunciation: /kɪtʃ
 
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Definition of kitsch in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way: the lava lamp is a bizarre example of sixties kitsch
More example sentences
  • There's only one thing that's worse than kitsch and that's fashionably ironic kitsch.
  • Hopkins's watercolors may sometimes come a little too close to kitsch for comfort.
  • The sentiment behind this memorial may be admirable, but the result is pure kitsch.

adjective

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Considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way: the front room is stuffed with kitsch knick-knacks, little glass and gilt ornaments she offers kitsch interpretations of classic British dress, including a range of tartan mini-kilts
More example sentences
  • He considered his work neither ironic nor kitsch, being convinced of its artistic seriousness.
  • The sets look wonderfully kitsch - I especially like those pictures of pussycats in the background.
  • There is a museum inside with wonderfully kitsch bull-fighting memorabilia.

Origin

1920s: German.

Derivatives

kitschiness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Despite the apparently inadvertent kitschiness, the lasers entertained a rapt audience, and it is with these works that he best fulfills his role as entertainer.
  • She's playing with a look that is so out it's in, revelling in the kitschiness of the way some people, other people, dress.

kitschy

2
adjective (kitschier, kitschiest)
Example sentences
  • Placed in front of the flowers is a kitschy faux-classical statue of a gown-clad female lounging on a divan.
  • A kitschy clock in the shape of a cat swings its tail on the wall.
  • I've got some kitschy little garden ornaments in the flower bed.

Words that rhyme with kitsch

bewitch, bitch, ditch, enrich, fitch, flitch, glitch, hitch, itch, Mitch, pitch, quitch, rich, snitch, stitch, switch, titch, twitch, which, witch

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