[kuh-mur-shuh-liz-uh m]


the principles, practices, and spirit of commerce.
a commercial attitude in noncommercial affairs; inappropriate or excessive emphasis on profit, success, or immediate results.
a commercial custom or expression.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for commercialism

Contemporary Examples of commercialism

  • Wilde deplored American commercialism and vulgarity, but he admired American simplicity and decency.

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    Wilde Ride

    Anthony Paletta

    January 3, 2013

  • The choice to paint Pamela Anderson shows just how intertwined with commercialism her work has become.

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    Marilyn Minter's Dirty World

    Isabel Wilkinson

    October 22, 2009

Historical Examples of commercialism

  • 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.


    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



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper