kitsch definition

  • noun:
    • Sentimentality or vulgar, frequently pretentious bad flavor, particularly in the arts: "When cash tries to buy beauty it tends to buy a kind of polite kitsch” ( William H. Gass).
    • an illustration or types of kitsch.
    • Art, ornamental objects alongside kinds of representation of questionable artistic or aesthetic value; a representation which exceedingly emotional, overdone, or vulgar.
    • exceedingly garish or emotional art; generally considered in bad taste
  • adjective:
    • Of, being, or characterized by kitsch: "The kitsch kitchen ... features aqua-and-white gingham curtains and plastic duck-yellow walls painted in a fried-egg motif” ( Suzanne Cassidy).
    • Said specially of art and design this is certainly considered of questionable visual worth; exceptionally sentimental, overdone or vulgar.

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