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

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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 The regime had less success in curbing the rampant commercialism associated with Christmas. Stephen Sholl, National Review, "A Communist Christmas Story," 25 Dec. 2020 The commercialism evidenced by the fights for toys and TVs at retailers who go from red to black in the days leading up to it. Essence, "Finding Joy, Peace And Healing During A Pandemic Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Arnold points to its themes of family, belief, and cynicism about the commercialism of Christmas as reasons for its enduring popularity. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Why 1947 and 2003 were the merriest movie years ever," 19 Nov. 2020 On some level, interpreters, of which there have now been many, have reason to see the opera as a comment on the emptiness of commercialism and an antiwar, post-apocalyptic statement. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Philip Glass and ‘Einstein on the Beach’: How one opera changed everything," 18 Nov. 2020 The focus is on Hopper's depictions of mid-20th-century travel — the places people stayed, their moments of stillness, the flux of cities as commercialism edged out vestiges of the past. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Edward Hopper has become an icon of social distancing, but Newfields shows his other sides," 4 Aug. 2020 As none of these personal films were intended to make money, the show is like an alternative history of cinema, one that elevates the unpolished image and the diaristic impulse over craftsmanship and commercialism. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Private Lives Public Spaces’ Review: An Alternative Cinema History," 20 Oct. 2020 Two years later, Bey was there with his camera to shoot Hammons standing on an East Village sidewalk in the aftermath of a blizzard, trying to sell snowballs, another wry statement on the growing commercialism of contemporary art. Lauretta Charlton Photographs By Latoya Ruby Frazier, New York Times, "Dawoud Bey," 19 Oct. 2020 Crass commercialism degrades us all, product placement is a scourge and replacing genuine information with joyless sponcon was a particularly irritating choice in this case. New York Times, "The Best and Worst Moments of the 2020 Emmys," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of commercialism

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of commercialism was in 1849

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11 Jan 2021

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“Commercialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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

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