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

1970–75; blend of affluence and influenza
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Examples from the Web for affluenza

Contemporary Examples of affluenza

  • The term Affluenza caused a national gag reflex—and as a doctor I can assure you that, no, Affluenza is not a real affliction.

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    No, Affluenza Is Not a Real Thing

    Dr. Michelle K. London

    December 16, 2013

  • Affluenza is not found in our diagnostic categories of mental illness and it is not even a construct that makes sense.

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    No, Affluenza Is Not a Real Thing

    Dr. Michelle K. London

    December 16, 2013

  • Affluenza is touted as a disease that seems able to remove all accountability.

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    No, Affluenza Is Not a Real Thing

    Dr. Michelle K. London

    December 16, 2013


British Dictionary definitions for affluenza

affluenza

noun
  1. the guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of moneyAlso called: sudden-wealth syndrome

Word Origin for affluenza

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