Definition of consumerism
1 : the promotion of the consumer's interests
2 : 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
consumeristplay \kən-ˈsü-mə-rist, -mər-ist\ noun or adjective
consumeristicplay \kən-ˌsü-mə-ˈri-stik, -mər-ˈi-\ adjective
Examples of consumerism in a Sentence
concerns about increasing consumerism among teenagers
Recent Examples of consumerism from the Web
Living small has come to signal environmental mindfulness and restrained consumerism.
In West Germany, capitalism ruled and US-style consumerism flourished only a few years after the end of World War II, but materialism was frowned upon in the Communist East and consumer goods were scarce.
In West Germany, capitalism ruled and U.S.-style consumerism flourished only a few years after the end of World War II, but materialism was frowned upon in the Communist East and consumer goods were scarce.
One way or another, aerial drones seem destined to become another pack horse traversing the dense logistical networks that keep American consumerism humming.
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Origin and Etymology of consumerism
First Known Use: 1915
CONSUMERISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of consumerism for English Language Learners
: the belief that it is good for people to spend a lot of money on goods and services
: the actions of people who spend a lot of money on goods and services
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