anti-materialism

noun

an·​ti-ma·​te·​ri·​al·​ism
ˌan-tē-mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-materialism (audio)
variants or less commonly antimaterialism
: opposition to materialism
Anti-communism was a favorite subject of the 1950s, he said, but so, to his surprise, was anti-materialism.Gayle White
Anyone of a certain age will recall that dumpster diving first became a lifestyle choice in the 1960s as part of the decade's brief flirtation with antimaterialismJanna Malamud Smith
anti-materialist adjective
or less commonly antimaterialist
ˌan-tē-mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-list,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-materialism (audio)
anti-materialist values
anti-materialistic adjective
or less commonly antimaterialistic
ˌan-tē-mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈli-stik,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-materialism (audio)
The absence of money values may be partly caused by the vague anti-materialistic sentiments of the sorts of young college graduates who choose Washington over New York and Los Angeles. Michael Lewis

Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-materialism was in 1820

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“Anti-materialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-materialism. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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