Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being kitschy.

Etymologies

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kitschy +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Who but Tim could relish both the ‘mass-taste’ trashiness of I Dream of Jeannie, Trapper John, M.D., and Barnaby Jones and the kitschiness of tea ‘in the grandma manner’—in manically hyphenated rhymed couplets—and make it all seem relevant, poignant.

    The Best American Poetry 2010

  • Entitled Histoire et représentation: Le génocide dans la fiction romanesque (1956), it questions the portrayal of the Shoah (with an all-too-often attendant kitschiness) by such world-renowned writers as William Styron and Heinrich Böll.

    Charlotte Wardi.

  • I'm searching for ways to transcend the kitschiness inherent in the SL aesthetic and haven't decided yet on how significant of a role SL will have in the film yet.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Is it its transcendent fame; its ubiquity – to the point of kitschiness; its real or imagined value

    Oversaturated With Meaning

  • There have been a lot of news reports recently about the 40th anniversary this week of an NBC series that transcended its period fashions and general kitschiness to become a global pop culture phenomenon that inspired audiences with its message of harmony and friendship.

    Happy 40th Monkeeversary! | EW.com

  • Some of Varo's paintings come awfully close to a sort of kitschiness that I associate with some of Dali's work, but few of Varo's paintings seem to me to descend quite to the same level of camp, because there is a naivety to her work that is quite charming, as well as a sense of humor I particularly like her vegetarian vampires.

    Remedios Varo

  • But really, I think we're all just glad that everything's right with the world because Graceland has accepted that, yes, it depends on the kitschiness of strangers to survive.

    Archive 2002-11-01

  • Absolute power is a good guarantee of kitschiness, whether you're Elvis at Graceland or Saddam Hussein in a palatial boudoir decorated with bosomy sword-and-sorcery heroines.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • On the streets of Toronto, and in the context of recent events, the facing-off beavers lose some of their simplistic Canadiana kitschiness and become a bit more muddy.

    Torontoist

  • With Wednesday's collection, the label's celebrity designer, Marc Jacobs, managed to inject the collection's darkly seductive glamour with a dose of humor and self-aware kitschiness: You could almost imagine the models as high-class gangster molls from a 1970s-era Chinese mob movie with a cheesy plot but sumptuous costumes.

    The Seattle Times

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