Definitions

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  • n. Addiction to shopping; the condition of a shopaholic.

Etymologies

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From shopaholic, as if to imitate alcoholism, from alcohol.

Examples

  • Sometimes referred to as "shopaholism", compulsive shopping can create massive financial, marital, legal and family problems.

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  • Istanbul's covered market, an early shrine to shopaholism, is about to celebrate its 550th anniversary with a multimillion-pound facelift.

    Istanbul thrives as the new party capital of Europe

  • It's why they target children and encourage shopaholism (a serious problem for more than 20 million Americans who regularly go shopping without a particular purchase in mind).

    Benjamin R. Barber: Black Friday...Gray Thursday

  • But times have never been tougher for those diagnosed with a controversial disorder called "compulsive buying," or "shopaholism."

    This Year, More Than Ever,

  • At the time, Mr. Ebben said he didn't quite believe that shopaholism was really a disorder.

    This Year, More Than Ever,

  • To discover all these other terrible and extraordinary things about her … the shopaholism, the chronic money problems, the extreme generosity, the angry outbursts, the demands she made on others and, most tellingly, on herself, the abortion …

    State of the Union

  • It's far easier to blame shopaholism or unmet psychological needs for financial problems.

    Archive 2004-06-01

  • Before we cue the survey highlight reel and accuse the fairer sex of rampant shopaholism, consider two important points:

  • Whether the soaring box office of Pretty Woman, which now celebrates its anniversary with a modest re-release, did in fact draw its power from American shopaholism we'll never know.

    San Francisco Sentinel

  • British shoppers are in the grips of recession shopaholism, having amassed nearly

    Personal finance and money news, analysis and comment | guardian.co.uk

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