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materialism

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

: 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

Full Definition of MATERIALISM

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
:  a preoccupation with or stress upon material rather than intellectual or spiritual things
ma·te·ri·al·ist \-list\ noun or adjective
ma·te·ri·al·is·tic \-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈlis-tik\ adjective
ma·te·ri·al·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of MATERIALISM

  1. the materialism of modern society

First Known Use of MATERIALISM

1733

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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