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conspicuous consumption


The party was an exercise in conspicuous consumption.
  spending a lot of money on luxuries whose primary purpose is to impress other people
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  • The party was an exercise in conspicuous consumption.
  • Conspicuous consumption in the country is out of favor since kidnappings increased.
  • Veblen coined the phrase conspicuous consumption in his book The Theory of the Leisure Class.
  • Her conspicuous consumption is my "keeping up with the joneses."

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  • His kind of conspicuous consumption was notably absent from the lives of the other two Wise Men.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The fragile records of that period had not evolved into our cheap items of conspicuous consumption.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But despite his aversion to money and conspicuous consumption, Chris’s political leanings could not be described as liberal.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was not a question of conspicuous consumption, but rather a problem of privacy.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • In addition, in Udaipur, the median household allocated 10 percent of its annual budget to weddings, funerals, or religious festivals, often involving conspicuous consumption.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
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Associated words [difficulty]:   conspicuous consumption [8] , conspicuous [1] , inconspicuous [3]
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