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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.kitschy - effusively or insincerely emotionalkitschy - effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"


adj (+er)kitschig
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