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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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  • 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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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