materialism

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noun ma·te·ri·al·ism \mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of materialism

  1. 1a :  a theory that physical matter is the only or fundamental reality and that all being and processes and phenomena can be explained as manifestations or results of matter (see 1matter 2) scientific materialismb :  a doctrine that the only or the highest values or objectives lie in material well-being and in the furtherance of material progressc :  a doctrine that economic or social change is materially caused — compare historical materialism

  2. 2 :  a preoccupation with or stress upon material rather than intellectual or spiritual things materialism, hedonism, and the overriding quest for personal gratification — A. M. Schlesinger, Jr.

materialist

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materialistic

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materialistically

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Examples of materialism in a Sentence

  1. the materialism of modern society

1696

First Known Use of materialism

1696


MATERIALISM Defined for English Language Learners

materialism

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noun ma·te·ri·al·ism \mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of materialism for English Language Learners

  • : 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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