- The policies or practices of putting commercial rather than ethical or aesthetic considerations first.
- An emphasis on making money and increasing profits, especially by promoting and selling goods and services.
Mid 19th century: from commercial + -ism.
- The movie industry has become increasingly driven by commercialism, with filmmakers churning out formulaic blockbusters for profit.
- The company was criticized for its commercialism, as it seemed to value profits over the well-being of its employees.
- Commercialism has resulted in the homogenization of popular music, with record labels promoting only the most marketable artists.
- The theme park was designed with commercialism in mind, offering a variety of souvenirs and attractions to entice visitors to spend more money.
- Critics of the advertising industry argue that commercialism has a negative effect on society, creating a culture focused on consumerism and materialism.