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conspicuous consumption


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A public display of acquisition of possessions with the intention of gaining social prestige; excessive consumerism in order to flaunt one's purchasing power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. buying expensive services and products in order to flaunt your wealth


Coined by Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) in 1899. (Wiktionary)


  • Was it perhaps symbolic that the only one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world which served a useful purpose and was not an instance of conspicuous consumption was the Pharos at Alex - andria?


  • "And this is the China Room," a tour guide was saying to a group of tourists, "home of Nancy Reagan's $952 per setting red-rimmed china that sparked a debate over conspicuous consumption back in 1981."

    Deception Point

  • Confronted by such considerations, it seems to me that there is little truth left in Prof.Dr. Veblen's theory of conspicuous consumption and conspicuous waste - that what remains of it, after it is practically applied a few times, is no more than a wraith of balderdash.

    Prejudices : first series,


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