Commercialism is an attitude or philosophy devoted to supplying goods and services and making profits.

The root of commercialism is commerce, which is the buying and selling of things. It can help you remember what commercialism is if you remember that commercials try to sell you things. Commercialism puts profits above all, so sometimes people use this word in a negative sense. For example, people complain about commercialism at Christmas, saying the religious meaning gets drowned out by the message to buy.

Definitions of commercialism
  1. noun
    transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
    synonyms: commerce, mercantilism
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    buying or selling securities or commodities
    the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services
    commerce conducted electronically (as on the internet)
    exchange, interchange
    reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
    IPO, initial offering, initial public offering
    a corporation's first offer to sell stock to the public
    business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
    the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects
    carriage trade
    trade from upper-class customers
    importation, importing
    the commercial activity of buying and bringing in goods from a foreign country
    exportation, exporting
    the commercial activity of selling and shipping goods to a foreign country
    the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service
    the commercial activity of transporting and selling goods from a producer to a consumer
    marketing, merchandising, selling
    the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money
    buying and selling; especially illicit trade
    defrayal, defrayment, payment
    the act of paying money
    evasion, nonpayment
    the deliberate act of failing to pay money
    bond trading, bond-trading activity
    trading in bonds (usually by a broker on the floor of an exchange)
    program trading
    a trading technique involving large blocks of stock with trades triggered by computer programs
    short sale, short selling
    sale of securities or commodity futures not owned by the seller (who hopes to buy them back later at a lower price)
    short covering
    the purchase of securities or commodities by a short seller to close out a short sale
    insider trading
    buying or selling corporate stock by a corporate officer or other insider on the basis of information that has not been made public and is supposed to remain confidential
    bait and switch
    a deceptive way of selling that involves advertising a product at a very low price in order to attract customers who are then persuaded to switch to a more expensive product
    private treaty
    a sale of property at a price agreed on by the seller and buyer without an intervening agency
    the act of making or transporting alcoholic liquor for sale illegally
    the act of selling illegally or without permission
    capitalisation, capitalization
    the sale of capital stock
    tourism, touristry
    the business of providing services to tourists
    the occupation of catching fish for a living
    butchering, butchery
    the business of a butcher
    tax evasion
    the deliberate failure to pay taxes (usually by making a false report)
    the commercial enterprise of storing goods and materials
    industry, manufacture
    the organized action of making of goods and services for sale
    fair trade
    trade that is conducted legally
    fair trade
    trade that satisfies certain criteria on the supply chain of the goods involved, usually including fair payment for producers; often with other social and environmental considerations
    free trade
    international trade free of government interference
    act of exchanging one type of money or security for another
    field, field of operation, line of business
    a particular kind of commercial enterprise
    employee-owned business, employee-owned enterprise
    a commercial enterprise owned by the people who work for it
    the commercial activity of providing funds and capital
    discount business
    the business of selling merchandise at a discount
    real-estate business
    the business of selling real estate
    advertising, publicizing
    the business of drawing public attention to goods and services
    publication, publishing
    the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution
    the business of producing printed material for sale or distribution
    the business of packing
    agribusiness, agriculture, factory farm
    a large-scale farming enterprise
    building, construction
    the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
    shipping, transport, transportation
    the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials
    barter, swap, swop, trade
    an equal exchange
    secretly importing prohibited goods or goods on which duty is due
    direct marketing
    marketing via a promotion delivered directly to the individual prospective customer
    channel, distribution channel
    a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors
    drug traffic, drug trafficking, narcotraffic
    traffic in illegal drugs
    barratry, simony
    traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments
    slave trade, slave traffic
    traffic in slaves; especially in Black Africans transported to America in the 16th to 19th centuries
    the selling of goods to consumers; usually in small quantities and not for resale
    the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers
    a particular instance of selling
    selling (an article or cartoon) for publication in many magazines or newspapers at the same time
    selling goods abroad at a price below that charged in the domestic market
    dutch auction
    a method of selling in which the price is reduced until a buyer is found
    the activities involved in selling commodities directly to consumers
    telecommerce, telemarketing, teleselling
    the use of the telephone as an interactive medium for promotion and sales
    hawking, peddling, vending, vendition
    the act of selling goods for a living
    a commercial undertaking that risks a loss but promises a profit
    the selling of something purchased
    the general activity of selling
    amortisation, amortization
    payment of an obligation in a series of installments or transfers
    fee splitting
    payment (usually by doctors or lawyers) of part of the fee in return for the referral
    the act of paying too much
    payment in advance
    payment for the release of someone
    refund, repayment
    the act of returning money received previously
    the act of paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses
    giving in acknowledgment of obligation
    disbursal, disbursement, outlay, spending
    the act of spending or disbursing money
    payment by one nation for protection by another
    the act of paying less than required
    foreign exchange
    the system by which one currency is exchanged for another; enables international transactions to take place
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    dealing, dealings, transaction
    the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities)
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