- public enjoyment of possessions that are known to be costly so that one's ability to pay for such things is flaunted.
Origin of conspicuous consumption
used by Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)
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- spending in a lavish or ostentatious way, esp to impress others with one's wealth
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Buying unnecessary and expensive products and services as a way to show off wealth. The term was coined by U.S. economist Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class.
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