One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The protection or promotion of the interests of consumers.
- ‘In turn, this has fueled the emergence of a new consumer drive, vigilante consumerism.’
- ‘Rudawski's research interests include consumerism and higher education faculty diversity.’
2derogatory The preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods.
- ‘Well, the very fact that consumerism gives people material possessions should answer that question for itself - No.’
- ‘Sounds like the perfect Manhattan marriage of convenience and consumerism.’
- ‘How can we cope with the increasing consumerism even of our religious practices?’
- ‘The proposal was seconded by Tara Griffin, head girl, who said advertising boosted consumerism, a spiritual evil in itself.’
- ‘The poor are happily persuaded that consumerism will soon become accessible to them.’
- ‘In the mainstream media, consumerism and marketing techniques impinge on news-editorial content and presentation.’
- ‘Society is dominated by consumerism and a cult of the body instead of the spirit.’
- ‘The impact of consumerism emerges as a factor in stabilisation, as do the different understandings of stability and stabilisation.’
- ‘It is they who shoved us into wanton consumerism, into a society in which we must maintain a champagne lifestyle on mauby pockets.’
- ‘I do think that it is important to analyze the ways in which consumerism genuinely atomizes people.’
- ‘The Church of Stop Shopping exists because consumerism has arguably become a religion itself.’
- ‘In a society as dominated by consumerism as America, cash tills often ring in tune with the national mood.’
- ‘The widening opportunities for consumerism and shopping enhanced the scope for women to make decisions and spend money.’
- ‘Feminism - like consumerism, socialism, politics and religion - is one of these subjects.’
- ‘The thrust of this year's volume is the ecological impact of consumerism and consumption.’
- ‘Like music and literature, art has become a commodity in a society of consumerism.’
- ‘Sloan's drive toward consumerism in the auto industry has seemingly reached its pinnacle.’
- ‘But I do think consumerism is the biggest religion in dominant culture today.’
- ‘It had a mildly amusing political commentary about consumerism taped on.’
- ‘Oh yeah - because consumerism and advertising has no demonstrable negative effects.’
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