ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
You describe something as garish when you dislike it because it is very bright in an unattractive, showy way.

They climbed the garish purple-carpeted stairs...

Residents have boycotted the restaurant because of its garish, illuminated signs.

Derived words:
garishly ADV-GRADED ADV adj/-ed

...a garishly patterned three-piece suite.

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