ple·si·o·tude / ‘plēsēət(y)o͞od / n (plesiotudes, plesiotudinal adj, plesiotudinally adv)
1) An act of keeping up appearances in order to appear at parity with one’s neighbors.
2) The degree of effort with which one attempts to keep up appearances in order to appear at parity with one’s neighbors.
[Greek: “plesio-” (neighbor, nearby), “-tude” (the state or quality of something).]
It’s difficult in America, the land of plenty, to imagine the struggles of others in the world, when we are so busy committing plesiotudes and wasting money on things we don’t need.