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affluenza

[af-loo-en-zuh] /ˌæf luˈɛn zə/
noun
1.
the negative psychological or behavioral effects of having or pursuing wealth, as irresponsible acts and feelings of self-doubt or guilt.
2.
excessive materialism or desire for wealth, associated with negative effects:
workaholics afflicted with affluenza.
Origin of affluenza
1970-1975
1970-75; blend of affluence and influenza
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affluenza

/ˌæflʊˈɛnzə/
noun
1.
the guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of money Also called sudden-wealth syndrome
Word Origin
C20: from aff(luent) + (in)fluenza
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Contemporary definitions for affluenza
noun

extreme materialism which is the impetus for accumulating wealth and for overconsumption of goods; also, feelings of guilt and isolation from the dysfunctional pursuit of wealth and goods

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Affluenza is the social disease caused by consumerism, commercialism, and rampant materialism and its antidote is simple living.

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