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Meaning of consumerism

con•sum•er•ism

Pronunciation: (kun-s'mu-riz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. a modern movement for the protection of the consumer against useless, inferior, or dangerous products, misleading advertising, unfair pricing, etc.
  2. the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
  3. the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods: a critic of American consumerism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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