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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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  • At the outset we have to surrender to commercialism more than half our territory.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • Do I imply that they are free from sordidness and commercialism?

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • Don't you be too rash, Betty—I'm not exactly cut out for commercialism.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
  • I'm tired—dog-tired of compromise and commercialism and all the rest of it.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • It was his answer to the oft-made charge of "commercialism."

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • There would have to be another colloquy after I had regained my commercialism.

  • The spirit of commercialism is, as I have said before, fatal to art.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • Was there nothing, nobody, that commercialism did not think for sale and to be trafficked in?

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for commercialism


the spirit, principles, or procedure of commerce
exclusive or inappropriate emphasis on profit
Derived Forms
commercialist, noun
commercialistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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