kitsch

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Meaning(s)

something garish but appreciated by some

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kitsch - tacky

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Any kind of art or object that is appreciated by some people but considered to be cheap, unfashionable, and lowbrow by the majority can be called ‘kitsch’. Such things are usually enjoyed in an ironic way as they can provide amusement, interesting talking points, or shock value. The term can be used in both a positive and negative way.

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Synonyms vulgar
Antonyms aesthetic,discriminating

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  1. The diner we visited was decorated in over-the-top kitsch, but it was actually quite charming and added to the ambience of the place.

  2. I wanted to bring back a nice present from Greece for my friend, but most of what I came across was just tacky tourist kitsch.

  3. Susan likes to collect all kinds of kitsch, from gaudy paintings to ceramic animal figurines. I think they look awful, but she really enjoys them.

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