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Borrowed from German abgeschmackt.


abgeschmackt (comparative more abgeschmackt, superlative most abgeschmackt)

  1. Outrageous; tasteless.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Folio Society 2008, page 292:
      The Buddha and Mohammed and their companions and many Christian saints are incrusted with a heavy jewellery of anecdotes which are meant to be honorific, but are simply abgeschmackt and silly, and form a touching expression of man's misguided propensity to praise.
    • 1935, Rowan Williams, translating Camillo Pellizzi, English Drama: The Last Great Phase, Macmillan 1935, page 154:
      The play, which did not have a success, has a dark, vibrant beauty of its own; it recalls Pirandello, and the abgeschmackt post-war German drama.



Alteration of earlier abgeschmack (with the same meaning). Equivalent to ab- +‎ Geschmack (taste) +‎ -t.


  • IPA(key): /ˈapɡəʃmakt/
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  • Hyphenation: ab‧ge‧schmackt


abgeschmackt (comparative abgeschmackter, superlative am abgeschmacktesten)

  1. outrageous, tasteless, vulgar
    • 1912 May 15, Erich Mühsam, chapter 3, in Tagebücher 1910-1924, published 1994, →ISBN:
      Als er heute nachmittag mich im Hofgarten noch mal deswegen stellte, wiederholte ich ihm, daß ich mit Leuten nichts zu tun haben will, die sich derartig abgeschmackter Roheiten schuldig machen.
      When he confronted me again this afternoon in the court garden, I repeated that I don't want to be involved with people who are found guilty such tasteless crudeness.
  2. corny, fatuous


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