Definition of "kitsch" []

  • Sentimentality or vulgar, often pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts: "When money tries to buy beauty it tends to purchase a kind of courteous kitsch” ( William H. Gass). (noun)
  • An example or examples of kitsch. (noun)
  • Of, being, or characterized by kitsch: "The kitsch kitchen ... has aqua-and-white gingham curtains and rubber duck-yellow walls painted in a fried-egg motif” ( Suzanne Cassidy). (adjective)
  • Tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal (noun)

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  • (as modifier) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "kitsch" in a sentence
  • "The term kitsch was invented in pre-Hitler Czechoslovakia to describe artifacts created with great technical polish in which everyone was always ridiculously happy or sentimentally sad, but lacking any real emotion."
  • "A James Dean type Kirk at sunset looking at the Enterprise - his future destiny - constructed in the desert … that's what I call kitsch!"
  • "I mean, there is a certain kitsch appeal to that, but not much."