[kuh n-soo-muh-riz-uh m]
- 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.
Origin of consumerism
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Examples from the Web for consumerism
There are still headwinds for these American icons of consumerism.Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon
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How do you feel about the current relationship between art and consumerism?Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
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A healthy sense of leisure … Consumerism has brought us anxiety, [causing us to lose a] healthy culture of leisure.Call Him ‘Poprah’: Pope Francis’s 10 Commandments for a Happy Life
July 31, 2014
There is a sense of consumerism but also, for a lack of a better word, taste—curation and arrangement.What the Hell Is ‘Twee’? A Genre? A Mindset? An Art Form?
June 23, 2014
We must make it known that we have had enough of consumerism tainted with misery and blood.The Fashion Victims of Bangladesh
May 8, 2014
- protection of the interests of consumers
- advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy
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Word Origin and History for consumerism
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