affluenza(redirected from sudden-wealth syndrome)
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extreme materialism in which consumers overwork and accumulate enormous debt to purchase more goods
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Materialism or overconsumption in affluent societies, seen as a societal and environmental menace, as in large-scale consumer debt and product waste.
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the guilt or lack of motivation experienced by people who have made or inherited large amounts of money. Also called: sudden-wealth syndrome
[C20: from aff(luent) + (in)fluenza]
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