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Definition a general and progressive increase in prices
  • The report shows inflation-adjusted dollars.
  • Many economist think a little inflation (perhaps a percentage or two) is good for the economy, but all economists agree that a lot of inflation is harmful.
  • Parties every week, balls, banquets, beautiful girls, waltzing, dinners, a huge house, etc. After Grandpa died, most of the money was lost, and after the Great War and inflation there was nothing left at all.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • inflation = increase in prices
  • During inflation everything gets more "valuable" except money.
  • I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • It's all part of the damnable inflationary pattern that's designed to cheat people on pensions and with fixed incomes and so forth.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • They were spendable money and never did drop to zero but were inflationary and exchange reflected it increasingly; new government was spending money it did not have.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Did these donations take place before hyperinflation?
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • (Editor's note:  The prefix "hyper-" in hyperinflation means extreme or excessive. This is the same pattern as seen in words like hypersensitive, hyperactive, and hypercritical.)
  • And the facts, as he had publicly stated, were that Russia intended to defeat the United States by scaring us into an inflationary, socialistic depression, and not by tossing missiles at us.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Inasmuch as a tremendous spurt in the production of the Western silver mines had caused its value in relation to gold to shrink considerably, the single purpose of the silver forces was clear, simple and appealing—easy, inflationary money.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage

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