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Pieces of art or other objects that appeal to popular or uncultivated taste, as in being garish or overly sentimental.
[German Kitsch (originally used of kitschy painting ), perhaps from kitschen, to sweep or rake up street mud, or from German dialectal kitschen, to sell off cheaply.]
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a. tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal
b. (as modifier): a kitsch plaster bust of Beethoven.
[C20: from German]
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something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.
[1925–30; < German, derivative of kitschen to throw together (a work of art)]
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A German word meaning art or writing that is oversentimental or vulgar.
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|Noun||1.||kitsch - excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste|
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noun bad taste, vulgarity, coarseness, tastelessness, grossness, tawdriness, gaudiness, lack of refinement a hideous ballgown verging on the kitsch
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