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Definition of the noun Affluenza

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  1. A feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, etc, caused by the dogged and ongoing pursuit of more.


  1. "Affluenza" is a drama film directed by Kevin Asch.
  2. "Affluenza": Escape from Affluenza is a 1998 PBS 56-minute documentary film produced as a sequel to the 1997 documentary Affluenza. While the original concentrates on affluenza--consumerism and materialism in modern society, the sequel focuses on how to avoid this. It looks at stories of how to reduce debt, stress, time-pressure, and possession-overload.


  1. "Affluenza" is a musical album of Count Zero.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  2. "Affluenza" is a musical single of RinneRadio.
    • released in (15 years ago)


Affluenza, a portmanteau of affluence and influenza, is a term used by critics of consumerism. The book Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic defines it as "a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more." The term "affluenza" has also been used to refer to inability to understand the consequences of one's actions because of financial privilege, notably in the case of Ethan Couch.

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Google previewWealth (2012)

It's in Your Worship Not Your Works by Roland J Hill

Affluenza is a painful, contagious socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. It is the bloated, sluggish, and unfulfilled feelings that result in the tireless effort to keep up with the ...

Google previewEconomics After the Crisis (2014)

An Introduction to Economics from a Pluralist and Global Perspective by Irene van Staveren

Hence, affluenza is an economic illness, with characteristics of an epidemic. 3.4 Post Keynesianism: consumption versus saving In Post Keynesian economics, individual demand differentiation and change is not the focus of analysis, because ...

Google previewClimate Change and Environmental Ethics (2012)

by Ved P. Nanda

Affluenza is a form of addiction. The highs it offers and the lows it generates coordinate and feed into each other, so that the addict is locked into the cycle. Once consumption is recognized as an addiction, this makes sense of the fact that we ...

Google previewEnvironmental Transformations (2014)

A Geography of the Anthropocene by Mark Whitehead

Affluenza is a form of social illness, in and through which we tend to judge ourselves, and those around us, on the basis ofwhat we have executive who summed up this perspective in the The Voluntary Simplicity Movement (VSM) is a new ...

Google previewActive Hope (2012)

How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone

Affluenza is a term used to describe the emotional distress that arises from a preoccupation with possessions and appearance. Psychologist Oliver James views it as a form of psychological virus that infects our thinking and is transmitted by ...

Google previewHarriman's Financial Dictionary (2007)

Over 2,600 Essential Financial Terms by Simon Briscoe, Jane Fuller

affluenza | AIM small donation goes to the chosen organisation every time they are used. Categories: Personal Finance 1740 ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice (2007)

by Gary L. Anderson, Kathryn G. Herr

Affluenza [Television special]. Retrieved June 20, 2006, from Jordan, T. (2002). Activism ! Direct action, hacktivism and the future of society. London: Reaktion Books.

Google previewCambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (2008)

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Google previewBlackie’s Dictionary of Banking and Finance

by Blackie

Affluenza A social condition which arises from the wish to be wealthier and successful. African Development Bank This bank provides loans and also grants to African governments and other private companies for investing in the regional ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Geography (2010)

by Barney Warf

Affluenza: The all-consuming epidemic. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler. Gereffi, G., & Korzeniewicz, M. (Eds.). (1994). Commodity chains and global capitalism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Glennie, P., & Thrift, N. (1992). Modernity ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Retirement and Finance (2003)

by Lois A. Vitt

Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. Seattle, WA: Berrett-Koehler ...

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Scrabble value of A1F4F4L1U1E1N1Z10A1

The value of this 9-letter word is 24 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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