ma·​te·​ri·​al·​is·​tic | \ mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce materialistic (audio) \

Definition of materialistic

1 : overly concerned or preoccupied with material possessions rather than with intellectual or spiritual things We had always watched The Beverly Hillbillies, and the Andy Griffith Show, where the country folks had to set things straight for the more materialistic city folk.— Artie Ann Bates Paying high prices for furniture and art is surely a reflection of an increasingly materialistic age.— Carol Vogel
2 : of, relating to, or deriving from the theory or doctrine of materialism (see materialism sense 1) With the so-called Enlightenment, however, a linear, reductionistic, and materialistic view of the universe arose.— David Fideler

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materialistically \ mə-​ˌtir-​ē-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce materialistically (audio) \ adverb
The sin of disobedience to the heavenly vision cannot be atoned for with dollars, and the spiritual loss is highly visible in a self-centered, materialistically minded people. — Robertson McQuilkin

First Known Use of materialistic

circa 1832, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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