con·​sum·​er·​ism | \ kən-ˈsü-mə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce consumerism (audio) , -mər-ˌi- \

Definition of consumerism

1 : the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically desirable also : a preoccupation with and an inclination toward the buying of consumer goods … the contemporary marketplace is shaped solely by the craven needs of lowbrow consumerism— Thomas Byrne Edsall
2 : the promotion of the consumer's interests

Other Words from consumerism

consumerist \ kən-​ˈsü-​mə-​rist How to pronounce consumerism (audio) , -​mər-​ist \ noun or adjective
consumeristic \ kən-​ˌsü-​mə-​ˈri-​stik How to pronounce consumerism (audio) , -​mər-​ˈi-​ \ adjective

Examples of consumerism in a Sentence

concerns about increasing consumerism among teenagers
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First Known Use of consumerism

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for consumerism

see consume

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9 Aug 2022

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“Consumerism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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