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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.]

kitsch′i·fy′ v.
kitsch′y adj.
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vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
censorious to make something kitsch
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In these late twentieth-century days, we don't simply commodify - we also kitschify. That is to say, we undercut our cultural and social experience with a relentless penchant for irony, for deflating the power of art by restlessly dancing away from its straightforwardness toward something we regard as sophistication or hipness.