consumerism

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noun con·sum·er·ism \kən-ˈsü-mə-ˌri-zəm, -mər-ˌi-\

Definition of consumerism

  1. 1 :  the promotion of the consumer's interests

  2. 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

consumerist

play \kən-ˈsü-mə-rist, -mər-ist\ noun or adjective

consumeristic

play \kən-ˌsü-mə-ˈri-stik, -mər-ˈi-\ adjective

Examples of consumerism in a sentence

  1. concerns about increasing consumerism among teenagers

Origin and Etymology of consumerism

see consume


First Known Use: 1915


CONSUMERISM Defined for English Language Learners

consumerism

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noun con·sum·er·ism \kən-ˈsü-mə-ˌri-zəm, -mər-ˌi-\

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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