consumerism

[ kuhn-soo-muh-riz-uhm ]
/ kənˈsu məˌrɪz əm /

noun

a modern movement for the protection of the consumer against useless, inferior, or dangerous products, misleading advertising, unfair pricing, etc.
the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods: a critic of American consumerism.

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Origin of consumerism

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; consumer + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM consumerism

an·ti·con·sum·er·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for consumerism

consumerism
/ (kənˈsjuːməˌrɪzəm) /

noun

protection of the interests of consumers
advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy

Derived forms of consumerism

consumerist, noun, adjective
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Cultural definitions for consumerism

consumerism

A movement in the United States that seeks to protect consumers against shoddy or improperly labeled products. (See Ralph Nader.)

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