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[kuh-mur-shuh-liz-uh m] /kəˈmɜr ʃəˌlɪz əm/
the principles, practices, and spirit of commerce.
a commercial attitude in noncommercial affairs; inappropriate or excessive emphasis on profit, success, or immediate results.
a commercial custom or expression.
Origin of commercialism
Related forms
commercialist, noun
commercialistic, adjective
anticommercialism, noun
anticommercialist, noun, adjective
anticommercialistic, adjective
supercommercialism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for commercialism
  • 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


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

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

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