Meaning of “commercialism” in the English Dictionary

"commercialism" in English

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commercialismnoun [ U ]

uk /kəˈmɜː.ʃəl.ɪ.zəm/ us /kəˈmɝː.ʃəl.ɪ.zəm/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • He paid good salaries with no thought of commercialism. 
  • How does he regard the commercialism of his age? 
  • It is a genuine old border town, so far unspoiled by commercialism. 
  • That was good commercialism brought straight from France. 
  • We preach against commercialism but without great result. 

(Definition of “commercialism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"commercialism" in American English

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commercialismnoun [ U ]

us /kəˈmɜr·ʃəˌlɪz·əm/

the methods used to advertise and sell goods and services, esp. (disapproving) such methods used only and obviously for profit

(Definition of “commercialism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"commercialism" in Business English

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commercialismnoun [ U ]

uk /kəˈmɜːʃəlɪzəm/ us disapproving

the practice of trying to make as much profit as possible and not caring about how this affects other people or places:

Greedy commercialism has turned this beautiful landscape into a mess of ugly apartment blocks and hotels.

(Definition of “commercialism” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)