Adjective "kitsch" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/kɪtʃ/

Definitions and examples

noun

Art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
  1. 'Why is it that with so much talent out there, you guys jump behind something that's only good for its kitsch value?'
  2. 'Whether you consider this too cool for words or the height of kitsch is up to you.'
  3. 'The cover photographs for Eternal Youth show images that ought to be kitsch, or camp, but aren't.'
  4. 'There's only one thing that's worse than kitsch and that's fashionably ironic kitsch.'
  5. 'The sentiment behind this memorial may be admirable, but the result is pure kitsch.'
  6. 'They ask, quite reasonably, how can you tell the difference between kitsch and tacky?'
  7. 'Their obsessions were B-movies and beat music; kitsch sci-fi and kitchen-sink romance.'
  8. 'Lloyd Webber is devoted to Victorian art and cannot resist kitsch so long as it is Victorian kitsch.'
  9. 'It treads a delicate line between tasteful extravagance and over-the-top kitsch.'
  10. 'I don't think of our show in terms of music theatre, because it's original, fairly serious and it isn't kitsch or camp.'

adjective

Considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
  1. 'she offers kitsch interpretations of classic British dress, including a range of tartan mini-kilts'
  2. 'There is a museum inside with wonderfully kitsch bull-fighting memorabilia.'
  3. 'What a great stroll down memory lane and THAT cardigan that Starsky wore … that's so kitsch that it will never, ever come back in style!'
  4. 'The cover photographs for Eternal Youth show images that ought to be kitsch, or camp, but aren't.'
  5. 'Palm Springs is dotted with low-key museums and mini theme parks, but none are quite tacky enough to qualify as amusingly kitsch Americana nor high-tech enough to provide state-of-the-art thrills.'
  6. 'No hint of eighteenth-century neo-Palladian swagger or its kitsch modern imitations.'
  7. 'Word has it the mullet is so kitsch, it's fashionable again.'
  8. 'Camp brown interior complete with crystal chandeliers and disco lighting, Diep is more kitsch than classy but always packed with creative young barhoppers.'
  9. 'Although Wainwright's aesthetic is opulent, it is never kitsch.'
  10. 'The fact that the restaurant rotated was too kitsch for me to say no.'
  11. 'This not only paved the way for pop outfits such as Steps to release covers, it assured even pointy-headed music-lovers that it was alright to be kitsch again.'

Definitions

1. something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

More examples(as adjective)

"whiles can be kitsch."

"values can be kitsch."

"tastes can be kitsch."

"objects can be kitsch."

"trios can be kitsch."

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Origin

1920s: German.