Definition of conspicuous consumption in English:

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conspicuous consumption


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
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  • In Thailand, a cappuccino costs the equivalent of three bowls of noodles, enhancing its potential for conspicuous consumption.
  • Conspicuous consumption has never been more evident than in the explosion of the bottled water business.
  • Academic and corporate titles are seldom used, and conspicuous consumption is condemned.

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Syllabification: con·spic·u·ous con·sump·tion

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