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n.1.A state of being consumptive, or a tendency to a consumption.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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This "waning of affect" results in a loss of depth in feeling and rapid displacements of the focuses of desire, and, as Celeste Olalquiaga has noted, technology and advertising facilitate this depthlessness: "Characterized by proliferation and consumptiveness, these ready-made images are easily interchangeable.
It might be folly to wish for some of Gluck's autobiographical consumptiveness in Leithauser's poems, or now and then some of Leithauser's glacial order in Gluck's, but haven't we all virtues that shine when adopted by others?