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commercialism

[kuh-mur-shuh-liz-uh m] /kəˈmɜr ʃəˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
the principles, practices, and spirit of commerce.
2.
a commercial attitude in noncommercial affairs; inappropriate or excessive emphasis on profit, success, or immediate results.
3.
a commercial custom or expression.
Origin
Related forms
commercialist, noun
commercialistic, adjective
anticommercialism, noun
anticommercialist, noun, adjective
anticommercialistic, adjective
supercommercialism, noun
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  • It's about the cause of education being able to resonate collaboratively amidst the dissonance of commercialism.
  • These criticism's focused on the commercialism found at the conference and our underlying belief in the benefit of technology.
  • commercialism also sometimes involves stunts which make traditionalists wince.
  • For poets, of course, the unbridled excess and commercialism of the festival is disgusting.
  • But it has probably been commercialism more than anything else that has kept it alive.
  • They declared the hippie dead, killed by greed, commercialism and media exposure.
  • The film's celebrity boxers will be overwhelmed by commercialism in much the same way.
  • Some people say this commercialism gets in the way of our nation's culture.
  • But if you think about it, commercialism is our nation's culture.
  • There's a devilishly odd nexus of theology, mathematics and commercialism on the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year.
British Dictionary definitions for commercialism

commercialism

/kəˈmɜːʃəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the spirit, principles, or procedure of commerce
2.
exclusive or inappropriate emphasis on profit
Derived Forms
commercialist, noun
commercialistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for commercialism
n.

"principles and practice of commerce," 1849, from commercial (adj.) + -ism.

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