Definition of materialism
- materialism, hedonism, and the overriding quest for personal gratification
- —A. M. Schlesinger, Jr.
the materialism of modern society
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: 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
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