affluenza

[ af-loo-en-zuh ]

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

1
1970–75; blend of affluence and influenza

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British Dictionary definitions for affluenza

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

Origin of affluenza

1
C20: from aff (luent) + (in) fluenza

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