[kuh-mur-shuh-liz-uh m]
  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.

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for commercialist


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



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

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