conspicuous consumption

noun

Definition of conspicuous consumption

: lavish or wasteful spending thought to enhance social prestige

Examples of conspicuous consumption in a Sentence

a culture of conspicuous consumption
Recent Examples on the Web With the rise of business wealth in China came also conspicuous consumption and a new venue for gambling. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, "A pigeon was just sold for $1.9 million to a Chinese bidder under the name 'Super Duper'," 16 Nov. 2020 To study philosophy or English literature in 2020 is basically conspicuous consumption. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "Foundation Chief Andrew Delbanco Wants All Students to Wrestle With Great Books," 18 Dec. 2020 With the rise of business wealth in China came also conspicuous consumption and a new venue for gambling. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, "A pigeon was just sold for $1.9 million to a Chinese bidder under the name 'Super Duper'," 16 Nov. 2020 With the rise of business wealth in China came also conspicuous consumption and a new venue for gambling. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, "A pigeon was just sold for $1.9 million to a Chinese bidder under the name 'Super Duper'," 16 Nov. 2020 With the rise of business wealth in China came also conspicuous consumption and a new venue for gambling. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, "A pigeon was just sold for $1.9 million to a Chinese bidder under the name 'Super Duper'," 16 Nov. 2020 With the rise of business wealth in China came also conspicuous consumption and a new venue for gambling. Raf Casert, USA TODAY, "A pigeon was just sold for $1.9 million to a Chinese bidder under the name 'Super Duper'," 16 Nov. 2020 With the rise of business wealth in China came also conspicuous consumption and a new venue for gambling. NBC News, "Belgian racing pigeon fetches record price of $1.9 million," 15 Nov. 2020 The gains fueled an era of conspicuous consumption. Ben Steverman, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Billionaires Got $1 Trillion Richer During Trump’s Term," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of conspicuous consumption

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Conspicuous consumption.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conspicuous%20consumption. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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conspicuous consumption

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conspicuous consumption

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

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