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conspicuous consumption

public enjoyment of possessions that are known to be costly so that one's ability to pay for such things is flaunted.
Origin of conspicuous consumption
used by Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899) Unabridged
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  • These obsessives are hardwired for conspicuous consumption, often with the emphasis on conspicuous.
  • conspicuous consumption, this research suggests, is not an unambiguous signal of personal affluence.
  • conspicuous consumption has given way to conspicuous conservation.
  • It appears, for instance, to be a by-product of conspicuous consumption.
  • conspicuous consumption and glitter are viewed as vulgar throwbacks to an earlier era.
  • The humility that typified the past was supplanted by conspicuous consumption.
  • These workers, who came of age during a tough job market, tend to shun conspicuous consumption.
  • Its suggestion of conspicuous consumption doesn't have much to do with the show, but the display intrigues.
  • Early governors used the tax to discourage conspicuous consumption and what was considered unsuitable behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for conspicuous consumption

conspicuous consumption

spending in a lavish or ostentatious way, esp to impress others with one's wealth
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conspicuous consumption in Culture

conspicuous consumption definition

Buying unnecessary and expensive products and services as a way to show off wealth. The term was coined by U.S. economist Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class.

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