from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being garish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. tasteless showiness.
  • n. strident color or excessive ornamentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being garish; gaudiness; finery; affected or ostentatious show; flightiness of temper; want of steadiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strident color or excessive ornamentation
  • n. tasteless showiness


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  • There was an almost blinding clarity to it all, both in terms of complexity of counterpoint, and that slight garishness of texture that we think of as quintessentially Brucknerian.

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  • I wanted to make a movie about working class people and working poor people and I didn't want to embrace the stereotypes in a way of the '70s and the garishness.

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  • I eschew garishness in bike clothes--including refusing to buy the local bike club design--preferring preppy solids in all cases.

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  • However, amateur road bicycle enthusiasts forget that professionals look this way because they have to, not because they want to, and among the non-recessed cleat set garishness has become the norm.

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  • But for all its garishness I don't completely hate it.

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  • He has wandered, with an eye to the box office, up bypaths into ladies boudoirs and baths, he has been accused of garishness, bad taste and a hundred and one other faults.

    Empire of Dreams

  • He hailed a cab, and took it back to Cameron's townhouse-which would not be Cameron's for very much longer'leaving the noise and garishness of the Barbary Coast behind him.

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  • An updating of the 1927 Traumnovelle (Dream Novel) by Arthur Schnitzler, an Austrian writer whose deeply psychological work resembled Freud's, the picture remains an unsettling blend of antiquated garishness and modern transgression -- an alternate sexual universe haunted by ghouls of the past, present and future.

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  • (This may be no accident, since there is something almost Richard Meier­esque about Facebook: The garishness of most YouTube videos might despoil the high-modernist aesthetic of the Facebook user interface.)

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  • – Leonardo da Vinci GRAY Lent (Christianity) “Better gray than garishness.”

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