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

Definition of anti-materialism

: 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 antimaterialism— Janna Malamud Smith

Other Words from anti-materialism

anti-materialist or less commonly antimaterialist \ ˌan-​tē-​mə-​ˈtir-​ē-​ə-​list , ˌan-​tī-​ How to pronounce anti-materialism (audio) \ adjective
anti-materialist values
anti-materialistic or less commonly antimaterialistic \ ˌan-​tē-​mə-​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​ˈli-​stik , ˌan-​tī-​ How to pronounce anti-materialism (audio) \ adjective
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

First Known Use of anti-materialism

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Anti-materialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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