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conspicuous consumption

noun

: the act or practice of spending money on expensive things that are not necessary in order to impress other people

Full Definition of CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

:  lavish or wasteful spending thought to enhance social prestige
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Examples of CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

  1. a culture of conspicuous consumption

First Known Use of CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

1899

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