conspicuous consumption

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

Origin of conspicuous consumption

1
Used by Thorstein Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)

Words Nearby conspicuous consumption

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How to use conspicuous consumption in a sentence

  • 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

conspicuous consumption

noun
  1. 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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