One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.
- ‘But the problem of affluenza goes beyond constructing a sound estate plan for wealthy parents.’
- ‘There are many exceptions to the rule, but a fear of affluenza has prompted some wealthy parents to disinherit their children for magnanimous reasons.’
- ‘But the kind that presents to general practitioners and is counted in statistics as part of the growing crisis in mental health is a different kind of malaise, better described as affluenza than depression.’
- ‘A shift away from affluenza, if we're lucky enough to witness one, will come gradually, over a generation perhaps.’
- ‘In a culture beset by affluenza or luxury fever, many hard-working people who are employed full time nonetheless don't earn enough to pay the security deposit necessary to rent an apartment.’
Early 20th century (in the sense ‘affluence’): blend of affluent and influenza. The modern sense dates from the 1970s.
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