kitsch

[kich]
noun
something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

Origin:
1925–30; < German, derivative of kitschen to throw together (a work of art)

kitschy, adjective
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kitsch (kɪtʃ)
 
n
a.  tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal
 b.  (as modifier): a kitsch plaster bust of Beethoven
 
[C20: from German]
 
'kitschy
 
adj

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kitsch
1926, from Ger., lit. "gaudy, trash," from dial. kitschen "to smear."
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kitsch [(kich)]

Works of art and other objects (such as furniture) that are meant to look costly but actually are in poor taste.

Note: Kitsch in literature and music is associated with sentimentalism as well as bad taste.
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Example sentences
The lines separating carnival and culture, art and kitsch seem to have
  disappeared.
Neatly replaces the original kitsch with the absurd.
Inside, kitsch mannequins in traditional dress reveal how they lived at the
  time.
The lines between garish kitsch and substantive reality have been annihilated.
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