Share this entry

Share this page

conspicuous consumption

Line breaks: con|spicu|ous con|sump¦tion

Definition of conspicuous consumption in English:


[mass noun]
Expenditure on or consumption of luxuries on a lavish scale in an attempt to enhance one’s prestige: an age of increasing conspicuous consumption these mansions were seen as monstrous monuments to conspicuous consumption
More example sentences
  • The bourgeoisie were those who lacked the great honour associated with nobility, but enjoyed a lesser prestige that came from being educated, having enough wealth to engage in conspicuous consumption, and avoiding manual labour.
  • Equating conspicuous consumption with hospitality, Beverly pours endless drinks down everyone's throats.
  • If England was marked out from the rest of Britain and Ireland by the quantity of its stone building by 1100, it was also distinguished by its conspicuous consumption.

Definition of conspicuous consumption in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

More on conspicuous consumption

Nearby words

Translate conspicuous consumption

into Spanish
Word of the day colloquy
Pronunciation: ˈkɒləkwi
a conversation