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

Other Words from commercialism

commercialist \ kə-​ˈmər-​sh(ə-​)list How to pronounce commercialism (audio) \ noun
commercialistic \ kə-​ˌmər-​shə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce commercialism (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 An Italian bishop apologized for telling children that Santa doesn't exist while on a commercialism rant. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, 13 Dec. 2021 In the end, all that was required to kill it was commercialism, just enough for golf fans to suspect (wrongly) that the entire spat was stage-managed. Eamon Lynch, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 In the early days of the 20th century, commercialism and Thanksgiving were rigorously separated. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 And try not to get sucked in by the commercialism in the mainstream. Chris Feliciano Arnold, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Nov. 2021 All awards organizations struggled to balance commercialism, celebration, and ethical rectitude during the pandemic. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 On the Afghan War; the War on Terror; commercialism in college football; encountering bananas; and more The United States marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 immediately after withdrawing from Afghanistan. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 Sep. 2021 Douglas Coupland's 1991 novel Generation X laid out the armchair sociology that still defines my generation, whose youth culture was characterized by cynicism about commercialism and disgust at yuppiedom. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 9 Aug. 2021 This is Pusher’s fourth single from his forthcoming debut album Stay-at-Home Popstar, which tackles all kinds of relatable topics, like phone addictions and the inescapable grasp of commercialism, all over really catchy electronic melodies. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of commercialism

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jan 2022

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“Commercialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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: 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

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