Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a garish banquet.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The banquet was garish.”)
Something garish is too decorated, too bright and colorful, or too showy in a tacky way.
How to use it:
Calling something garish is not a compliment: you mean that it's so bright or decorated that it's tacky, gaudy, or even vulgar.
Garish things often include decorations, colors, events, buildings, and clothing and accessories. Often it's also more abstract things that strike you as garish, like advertisements, headlines, reality shows on television, statements, somebody's manner of speaking or writing, or even someone's emotions or attitudes.
Back when we were college kids, Chad and I enjoyed a trip out to Las Vegas to soak in all the unapologetic garishness. Even the sign on the CVS glittered.
News anchors often spout garish questions to get you to keep watching that channel through the commercials. "Coming up next, is your toothbrush about to kill you?"
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "garish" means when you can explain it without saying “glaring" or "ostentatious."
Think of your least favorite color and your least favorite article of clothing or accessory, and fill in the blanks: "You couldn't pay me to wear a _____ in that garish shade of _____."
Example: "You couldn't pay me to wear a fedora in that garish shade of magenta."
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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama: “With the ever-growing impact of science on our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play by reminding us of our humanity. There is no contradiction between the two.”
1. The opposite of GARISH is
2. Whether the graffiti downtown is garish or _____ is a matter of _____.
A. legal .. fact
B. radiant .. opinion
C. safe .. life and death
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