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commercialism

[kuh-mur-shuh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the principles, practices, and spirit of commerce.
  2. a commercial attitude in noncommercial affairs; inappropriate or excessive emphasis on profit, success, or immediate results.
  3. a commercial custom or expression.
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Origin of commercialism

Related formscom·mer·cial·ist, nouncom·mer·cial·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·com·mer·cial·ism, nounan·ti·com·mer·cial·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti·com·mer·cial·is·tic, adjectivesu·per·com·mer·cial·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for commercialism

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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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for commercialism

commercialism

noun
  1. the spirit, principles, or procedure of commerce
  2. exclusive or inappropriate emphasis on profit
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Derived Formscommercialist, nouncommercialistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for commercialism

n.

"principles and practice of commerce," 1849, from commercial (adj.) + -ism.

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