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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How to use conspicuous consumption in a sentence
For Shaftel this kind of licentious behavior amounts to “conspicuous consumption disguised as urbanity.”Don’t Diss the Beauty of Brunch: Defending Our Favorite Meal | Tim Teeman | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As recently as a few years ago, buying and driving a hybrid was an exercise in conspicuous consumption.
They brag about their conspicuous consumption Jay-Z, eat your heart out.11 Ways Rappers Are Just Like Right-Wing Radio Hosts | Kevin Fallon | March 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am talking about work from Kerwin Charles, Erik Hurst, and Nikolai Roussanov on conspicuous consumption and race.
The Valley is a strange blend of workaholism and conspicuous consumption, hot tubs and traffic jams.From the Archives: Steve Jobs on the Birth of the Mac | Tom Zito | October 6, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
The need of vicarious leisure, or conspicuous consumption of service, is a dominant incentive to the keeping of servants.
conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.
High-bred manners and ways of living are items of conformity to the norm of conspicuous leisure and conspicuous consumption.
No class of society, not even the most abjectly poor, forgoes all customary conspicuous consumption.
This isn't the old-time expanding economy based on obsolescence and conspicuous consumption.This Crowded Earth | Robert Bloch
British Dictionary definitions for conspicuous consumption
spending in a lavish or ostentatious way, esp to impress others with one's wealth
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Cultural definitions for 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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