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materialism

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noun ma·te·ri·al·ism \mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Simple Definition of materialism

  • : a way of thinking that gives too much importance to material possessions rather than to spiritual or intellectual things

  • philosophy : the belief that only material things exist

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of materialism

  1. 1 a :  a theory that physical matter is the only or fundamental reality and that all being and processes and phenomena can be explained as manifestations or results of matter b :  a doctrine that the only or the highest values or objectives lie in material well-being and in the furtherance of material progress c :  a doctrine that economic or social change is materially caused — compare historical materialism

  2. 2 :  a preoccupation with or stress upon material rather than intellectual or spiritual things

materialist

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materialistic

play \-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective

materialistically

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Examples of materialism in a sentence

  1. the materialism of modern society



1733

First Known Use of materialism

1733



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