conspicuous consumption


Also found in: Thesaurus, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
Translations

conspicuous consumption

nPrestigekäufe pl
References in periodicals archive ?
The sport utility vehicle (SUV) is perhaps the most conspicuous of all categories of conspicuous consumption, and the growth of SUV sales (from 2 percent of U.
While, for some, the encouragement of the private sector has created wealth and opportunities for often conspicuous consumption, it has failed for others, in particular the lower middle classes and the landless rural population.
The energy of New York, as Tung writes, has come from building ever taller, ever more populous buildings: "It is the speculative developer's dream; a place of conspicuous consumption and enormous wealth [that] will sustain buildings of almost any height imaginable.
The government representing a political compromise between landed and business interests cannot suppress the wasteful management of landed estates and the conspicuous consumption on th e part of the aristocracy, cannot suppress monopolistic abuses, profiteering, capital flights, and extravagant living on the part of businessmen.
Despite the budget plans, more often than not, proms remain a competition of conspicuous consumption.
For half a century the nation has quietly had to endure Margaret's conspicuous consumption, her arrogance and her monstrous self-indulgence.
Might bumper stickers make a comeback in this age of conspicuous consumption of expensive cars and vanity license plates?
We know that a penchant for conspicuous consumption can endanger one's financial health.
What's interesting is that Kaplan clomps along after the trend, whining about the corrupting influence of conspicuous consumption.
The less we spend on conspicuous consumption goods, the better we can afford to alleviate [traffic] congestion; the more time we can devote to family and friends, to exercise, sleep, travel, and other restorative activities; and the better we can afford to maintain a clean and safe environment.
Indeed, until this modern era of conspicuous consumption, most weddings were simple, at-home affairs attended only by close friends and family.
It's more a case of conspicuous consumption and trying to choose a vacation that will impress others.