[ kuh n-soo-muh-riz-uh m ]
/ kənˈsu məˌrɪz əm /


a modern movement for the protection of the consumer against useless, inferior, or dangerous products, misleading advertising, unfair pricing, etc.
the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods: a critic of American consumerism.

Origin of consumerism

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; consumer + -ism

Related forms

an·ti·con·sum·er·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anti-consumerism


/ (kənˈsjuːməˌrɪzəm) /


protection of the interests of consumers
advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy

Derived Forms

consumerist, noun, adjective
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Culture definitions for anti-consumerism


A movement in the United States that seeks to protect consumers against shoddy or improperly labeled products. (See Ralph Nader.)

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