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Line breaks: con|sumer|ism
Pronunciation: /kənˈsjuːmərɪz(ə)m

Definition of consumerism in English:


[mass noun]
1The protection or promotion of the interests of consumers: the growth of consumerism has led to many organizations improving their service to the customer
More example sentences
  • Rudawski's research interests include consumerism and higher education faculty diversity.
  • In turn, this has fueled the emergence of a new consumer drive, vigilante consumerism.
2often derogatory The preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods: many people are becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of consumerism
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  • In the mainstream media, consumerism and marketing techniques impinge on news-editorial content and presentation.
  • It is they who shoved us into wanton consumerism, into a society in which we must maintain a champagne lifestyle on mauby pockets.
  • Like music and literature, art has become a commodity in a society of consumerism.



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The curriculum will be materialistic and consumerist, focusing on self-centred concerns to do with our bodies or personal satisfaction.
  • Dr Schluter said materialism led to a consumerist approach to public services which created individual rights not matched by responsibilities.
  • America is as religious as it is capitalistically consumerist.


Example sentences
  • In response to the growing onslaught of manufactured consumeristic Christmas cheer, we have decided to actively reject the capitalist ideology of Christmas.
  • You'll need to alleviate the guilt you feel at participating in such a consumeristic charade as gift-buying.
  • This Art Show was pitched at the consumeristic middle-classes for whom shopping is entertainment.

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