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

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