materialistic

adjective ma·te·ri·al·is·tic \ mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈlis-tik \

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 1)
  • With the so-called Enlightenment, however, a linear, reductionistic, and materialistic view of the universe arose.
  • —David Fideler

materialistically

play \mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈlis-ti-k(ə-)lē\ 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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