Commercialism



the principles, practices, and spirit of commerce.
a attitude in noncommercial affairs; inappropriate or excessive emphasis on profit, success, or immediate results.
a custom or expression.
Contemporary Examples

The choice to paint Pamela Anderson shows just how intertwined with commercialism her work has become.
Marilyn Minter’s Dirty World Isabel Wilkinson October 21, 2009

Wilde deplored American commercialism and vulgarity, but he admired American simplicity and decency.
Wilde Ride Anthony Paletta January 2, 2013

Historical Examples

Ecclesiasticism and commercialism, antagonism between, 134-136.
A Century of Science and Other Essays John Fiske

There would have to be another colloquy after I had regained my commercialism.
Strictly Business O. Henry

Can we wonder that commercialism is mistaken by nations for progress?
Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking

Was there nothing, nobody, that commercialism did not think for sale and to be trafficked in?
That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner

It is a genuine old border town, so far unspoiled by commercialism.
British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car Thomas D. Murphy

Of course, it had its drawbacks, but I think it was better than the commercialism that is replacing it.
The Long Portage Harold Bindloss

Don’t you be too rash, Betty—I’m not exactly cut out for commercialism.
The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher

It’s the only thing that keeps Englishmen sound; commercialism is their curse.
The Whirlpool George Gissing

noun
the spirit, principles, or procedure of commerce
exclusive or inappropriate emphasis on profit
n.

“principles and practice of commerce,” 1849, from commercial (adj.) + -ism.

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