What does consumerism mean?

Definitions for consumerismkənˈsu məˌrɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consumerism(noun)

    the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically beneficial

  2. consumerism(noun)

    a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers


  1. consumerism(Noun)

    A policy of protecting and informing consumers through honesty in advertising and packaging, improved safety standards etc

  2. consumerism(Noun)

    A materialistic attachment to possessions

  3. consumerism(Noun)

    An economic theory that increased consumption is beneficial to a nation's economy in the long run.


  1. Consumerism

    Consumerism is a social and economic order that encourages the purchase of goods and services in ever-greater amounts. Criticisms of consumption are already present in the works of Thorstein Veblen. Veblen's subject of examination, the newly emergent middle class arising at the turn of the twentieth century, comes to full fruition by the end of the twentieth century through the process of globalization. In this sense, consumerism is usually considered a part of media culture. The term "consumerism" has also been used to refer to something quite different called the consumerists movement, consumer protection or consumer activism, which seeks to protect and inform consumers by requiring such practices as honest packaging and advertising, product guarantees, and improved safety standards. In this sense it is a movement or a set of policies aimed at regulating the products, services, methods, and standards of manufacturers, sellers, and advertisers in the interests of the buyer. In economics, consumerism refers to economic policies placing emphasis on consumption. In an abstract sense, it is the consideration that the free choice of consumers should strongly orient the choice what is produced and how, therefore the economic organization of a society. Also this vote is not "one man, one voice", but "one dollar, one voice", which may or may not reflect the contribution of people to society.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consumerism in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consumerism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Norman Siegel:

    SantaCon is a cultural public commentary on the Christmas season, from a critique of consumerism to cultural and charitable giving, it's part satire and has an edge.

  2. Hugh Jackman:

    Conscious consumerism is really a phenomenal movement, i think that people now want to know that when they drink a cup of coffee, that ride along the supply chain hooks people up.

  3. Michael Aaron:

    Our society is filled with sexual myths and misconceptions, mostly stemming from a combination of our culture's puritanical roots, as well as rampant consumerism, which feeds off individual insecurities to sell unnecessary products.

  4. Manchester University sociologist Robert Pettit:

    Disney is a capitalistic corporation bent on consumerism, and that's what drives our economy, it brings out people's opinions about our society and culture in general. You can love them or be very critical of those aspects of our culture and society because it portrays them so well.

  5. Bitch Flicks:

    Ideologically, 'Pretty Woman' is a love song to consumerism and capitalism, 'Pretty Woman' depicts a world where everyone is either a card-carrying member of the corporate caste or an obliging subordinate ... It is obsessed with things (hotel suites, private jets, fancy clothes) and encourages the audience to share its obsession with things.

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