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EtymologyEdit

From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen (to coat, to smear), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930s by several critics who contrasted it with avant garde art.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) enPR: kĭch, IPA(key): /kɪtʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ

NounEdit

kitsch (usually uncountable, plural kitsches)

  1. Art, decorative objects and other forms of representation of questionable artistic or aesthetic value; a representation that is excessively sentimental, overdone, or vulgar.
    • 1939, Clement Greenberg, "Avant Garde and Kitsch", The Partisan Review,
      Because it can be turned out mechanically, kitsch has become an integral part of our productive system in a way in which true culture could never be, except accidentally.

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kitsch (comparative kitscher or more kitsch, superlative kitschest or most kitsch)

  1. Of art and decor: of questionable aesthetic value; excessively sentimental, overdone or vulgar.
    • 1989, Graham Greene, Yours etc: Letters to the Press 1945-1989, →ISBN, p. 243,
      [] a picture of lemur-eyed children of the sort one sees in the kitscher sort of Italian restaurant []
    • 1996, Robert Silberman, "The stuff of art: Judy Onofrio", American Craft, Jun/Jul 1996, pp. 40-45,
      Abe Lincoln, Paul Bunyan and kitsch souvenir coconut heads come across as icons of masculinity.
    • 2005, Ronald Frame, "Critical Paranoia", Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2005, p. 285,
      I recognized her at once even though she wasn't wearing the tweed hunting outfit and the kitsch headwear.

Usage notesEdit

  • Although the forms kitscher and kitschest are attested, those formed on kitschy are more common, particularly for the comparative.

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from German Kitsch.

AdjectiveEdit

kitsch (invariable)

  1. kitsch
    Synonym: pacchiano

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kitsch m (invariable)

  1. kitsch

PortugueseEdit

AdjectiveEdit

kitsch (plural kitsch, comparable)

  1. kitsch; kitschy (of questionable aesthetic value)

NounEdit

kitsch m (uncountable)

  1. kitsch (art of questionable aesthetic value)

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AdjectiveEdit

kitsch (invariable)

  1. kitschy

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NounEdit

kitsch c (uncountable)

  1. kitsch
    Min mosters handmålade madonnastaty i elfenben är ren kitsch.
    “My aunt’s hand-painted ivory Madonna statue is pure kitsch.”

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