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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 of commercialism
Related forms
commercialist, noun
commercialistic, adjective
anticommercialism, noun
anticommercialist, noun, adjective
anticommercialistic, adjective
supercommercialism, noun
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  • Ecclesiasticism and commercialism, antagonism between, 134-136.

  • There would have to be another colloquy after I had regained my commercialism.

  • Can we wonder that commercialism is mistaken by nations for progress?

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Was there nothing, nobody, that commercialism did not think for sale and to be trafficked in?

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • It is a genuine old border town, so far unspoiled by commercialism.

  • Of course, it had its drawbacks, but I think it was better than the commercialism that is replacing it.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • Don't you be too rash, Betty—I'm not exactly cut out for commercialism.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
  • It's the only thing that keeps Englishmen sound; commercialism is their curse.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
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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