com·​mer·​cial·​ism | \ kə-ˈmər-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce commercialism (audio) \

Definition of commercialism

1 : commercial spirit, institutions, or methods
2 : excessive emphasis on profit

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from commercialism

commercialist \ kə-​ˈmər-​sh(ə-​)list How to pronounce commercialist (audio) \ noun
commercialistic \ kə-​ˌmər-​shə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce commercialistic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of commercialism in a Sentence

the commercialism of modern society the increasing commercialism of the Christmas holiday
Recent Examples on the Web There is, inevitably, an element of crass commercialism in remaking any show from a quarter-century ago, hoping that the familiar title will serve as a lure for people to tune in, at least initially. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Party of Five' brings an urgent immigration-related hook to Freeform reboot," 8 Jan. 2020 But disgust is being voiced louder and by more people who hate having commercialism shoved down their throats. cleveland, "I’m thankful for secondary checking accounts, more people saving money, pressure on credit bureaus: Money Matters," 24 Nov. 2019 From 1989 through 2014, the attraction was known as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe, unique in that it was designed wholly by Rogers himself with the deliberate intention of avoiding crass commercialism. Chris Rodell, USA TODAY, "Mr. Rogers' real neighborhood: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the town that forged Fred Rogers," 21 Nov. 2019 Henry Ross, founder of Gardenveiw, once described it as oasis of beauty and tranquility amidst a concrete world or commercialism. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Give a gift of beauty and tranquility with Gardenview: Strong Points," 13 Dec. 2019 The underlying problem is that Germany’s political establishment and public opinion are tempted by a foreign policy rooted in pacifism, commercialism, anti-Americanism — and a complacent doubt that NATO is any longer necessary. The Editors, National Review, "NATO Is Still Essential," 4 Dec. 2019 The story of Christmas, which has been so deeply bastardized by commercialism and consumerism, and which is actually about good will to all persons, is written so deeply into me. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Emma Thompson breaks down her inspirations for Last Christmas," 5 Nov. 2019 Participants listed a lack of time or money, commercialism, the pressures of gift-giving, and family gatherings as their top stressors. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Why Do Some People Hate Christmas? It's Actually More Common Than You Think," 30 Sep. 2019 Others are wary of surrendering its soul to mainstream commercialism. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "A Russian B-Boy Dreams of Gold," 19 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'commercialism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of commercialism

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about commercialism

Time Traveler for commercialism

Time Traveler

The first known use of commercialism was in 1849

See more words from the same year

Statistics for commercialism

Last Updated

13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commercialism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for commercialism


How to pronounce commercialism (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of commercialism

disapproving : the attitude or actions of people who are influenced too strongly by the desire to earn money or buy goods rather than by other values

More from Merriam-Webster on commercialism

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for commercialism

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with commercialism

Comments on commercialism

What made you want to look up commercialism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to insert between existing elements

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!