conspicuous consumption Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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conspicuous consumptionnoun [U]

uk   us   disapproving
the ​situation in which ​peoplespend a lot of ​moneyintentionally so that other ​peoplenotice and ​admire them for ​their wealth
(Definition of conspicuous consumption from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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conspicuous consumptionnoun [U]

uk   us   disapproving
the ​practice of ​buyingexpensivegoods in ​order to show ​people how ​rich you are: The ​symbols of conspicuous ​consumption are the fur coats worn by the ​rich wives of the ​bankers at the ​conference.
(Definition of conspicuous consumption from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “conspicuous consumption”
in Chinese (Simplified) 炫耀性消费…
in Chinese (Traditional) 炫耀性消費…
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