conspicuous consumption

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conspicuous consumption

n.
The acquisition or display of expensive items to attract attention to one's wealth or to suggest that one is wealthy.

conspicuous consumption

n
spending in a lavish or ostentatious way, esp to impress others with one's wealth

conspic′uous consump′tion


n.
public enjoyment of costly possessions, flaunting one's ability to pay for such things.
[used by T. Veblen in The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)]
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Noun1.conspicuous consumption - buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth
economic consumption, use of goods and services, usance, consumption, use - (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
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conspicuous consumption

nPrestigekäufe pl
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"This is pathological consumption: a worldconsuming epidemic of collective madness, rendered so normal by advertising and the media that we scarcely notice what has happened to us," he says.
"Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it," British essayist George Monbiot wrote a couple of weeks ago in "The Gift of Death," a screed against holiday-season consumerism.

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