Definition of kitsch in English:

kitsch

Syllabification: kitsch
Pronunciation: /kiCH
 
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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
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    • 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 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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    • 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.

Derivatives

kitschiness

noun
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  • 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

adjective
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  • 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.

Origin

1920s: German.

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