affluenza

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noun af·flu·en·za \ˌa-(ˌ)flü-ˈen-zə\

Definition of affluenza

  1. :  the unhealthy and unwelcome psychological and social effects of affluence regarded especially as a widespread societal problem: such asa :  feelings of guilt, lack of motivation, and social isolation experienced by wealthy people Even so, psychologists are slowly recognizing that great riches are sometimes accompanied by a wealth of crippling emotional and psychological fears. Affluenza can be acute, striking lottery winners or newly minted doctors and M.B.A.s. It can also be a chronic and pervasive condition in families where riches extend through generations. — Anastasia Toufexis et al.b :  extreme materialism and consumerism associated with the pursuit of wealth and success and resulting in a life of chronic dissatisfaction, debt, overwork, stress, and impaired relationships Affluenza is particularly rampant in the United States, where we place a high priority on financial success and material possessions. — David Hawkins

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Origin and Etymology of affluenza

blend of affluence and influenza


First Known Use: 1973


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