New Words : affluenza

9. affluenza :

noun :

An extreme form of materialism in which consumers overwork and accumulate high levels of debt to purchase more goods

affluence + influenza

Example Citation :

Our society is more troubled by problems of overabundance. We are three times richer than in the 1950s, and diseases particular to affluenza clog our social and individual arteries. We are more overworked, more stressed, more depressed and much fatter.

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