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noun
public enjoyment of possessions that are known to be costly so that one's ability to pay for such things is flaunted.
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Origin of conspicuous consumption

Used by Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)
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British Dictionary definitions for conspicuous consumption

conspicuous consumption

noun
spending in a lavish or ostentatious way, esp to impress others with one's wealth
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Cultural definitions for conspicuous consumption

conspicuous consumption

Buying unnecessary and expensive products and services as a way to show off wealth. The term was coined by U.S. economist Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class.

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