Definition of kitsch in English:

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kitsch

Pronunciation: /kiCH/

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 an 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

Considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way: the front room is stuffed with kitsch knickknacks, little glass and gilt ornaments she offers kitsch interpretations of classic British dress, including a range of tartan mini-kilts
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  • No hint of eighteenth-century neo-Palladian swagger or its kitsch modern imitations.
  • Similarly, the theatricality that once branded some realist paintings as kitsch no longer seems a necessarily negative attribute.
  • Word has it the mullet is so kitsch, it's fashionable again.

Origin

1920s: German.

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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Syllabification: kitsch

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