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consumerism

[kuh n-soo-muh-riz-uh m] /kənˈsu məˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
a modern movement for the protection of the consumer against useless, inferior, or dangerous products, misleading advertising, unfair pricing, etc.
2.
the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
3.
the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods:
a critic of American consumerism.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; consumer + -ism
Related forms
anticonsumerism, noun
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Examples from the web for consumerism
  • They believe that buying without due consciousness of what is being bought amounts to a sort of neocolonial consumerism.
  • What strikes you first is the carrot: giddy financial growth fueling never ending construction and consumerism.
  • Sure there were cavernous showrooms, hordes of gadget-lusting revelers and rampant consumerism.
  • consumerism is installed in communities living on subsistence and boredom abounds in affluent societies.
  • Corny notions of dollar-savings and/or materialist minimalism have never worked and are never going to work against consumerism.
  • In middle childhood as in middle age, consumerism confounds.
  • The mentality of consumerism has degraded our grading standards.
  • The consumerism culture there has simply got out of hand.
  • We bail out your credit addiction and consumerism why not bail out my drug addiction.
  • Part of the new economics built around individualism, not consumerism.
British Dictionary definitions for consumerism

consumerism

/kənˈsjuːməˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
protection of the interests of consumers
2.
advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy
Derived Forms
consumerist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for consumerism
n.

1944, "protection of the consumer's interest," from consumer + -ism. Also, "encouraging consumption as an economic policy" (1960). Related: Consumerist (1965, n.; 1969, adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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consumerism in Culture

consumerism definition


A movement in the United States that seeks to protect consumers against shoddy or improperly labeled products. (See Ralph Nader.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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