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ma·te·ri·al·ism

 (mə-tîr′ē-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. Philosophy The theory that physical matter is the only reality and that everything, including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.
2. The theory or attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life.
3. Concern for possessions or material wealth and physical comfort, especially to the exclusion of spiritual or intellectual pursuits.

ma·te′ri·al·ist n.
ma·te′ri·al·is′tic adj.
ma·te′ri·al·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

materialism

(məˈtɪərɪəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. interest in and desire for money, possessions, etc, rather than spiritual or ethical values
2. (Philosophy) philosophy the monist doctrine that matter is the only reality and that the mind, the emotions, etc, are merely functions of it. Compare idealism3, dualism2 See also identity theory
3. (Philosophy) ethics the rejection of any religious or supernatural account of things
maˈterialist n, adj
maˌterialˈistic adj
maˌterialˈistically adv

ma•te•ri•al•ism

(məˈtɪər i əˌlɪz əm)

n.
1. preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, as opposed to spiritual or intellectual values.
2. the philosophical theory that regards matter as constituting the universe, and all phenomena, including those of mind, as due to material agencies.
ma•te′ri•a•list, n., adj.
ma•te`ri•al•is′tic, adj.
ma•te`ri•al•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.

materialism

1. the philosophical theory that regards matter and its phenomena as the only reality and explains all occurrences, including the mental, as due to material agencies.
2. attention to or emphasis on material objects, needs, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of intellectual and spiritual values. — materialist, n. — materialistic, adj.
See also: Matter
the theory that regards matter and its various guises as constituting the universe, and all phenomena, including those of the mind, as caused by material agencies. — materialist, n., adj.materialistic, adj.
See also: Philosophy

materialism

The doctrine that all phenomena are explained by physical laws alone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.materialism - a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual mattersmaterialism - a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
desire - something that is desired
2.materialism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
dialectical materialism - the materialistic philosophy of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
Translations
مادية
materialismus
materialismi

materialism

[məˈtɪərɪəlɪzəm] Nmaterialismo m

materialism

[məˈtɪəriəlɪzəm] n
[person, society] → matérialisme m
(= philosophical belief) → matérialisme m

materialism

nder Materialismus

materialism

[məˈtɪərɪəˌlɪzm] nmaterialismo
References in classic literature ?
Unlike other materialists I had met and with whom I had something in common to start on, I had nothing in common with him.
Idealists, materialists, and ordinary mortals have been in agreement on one point: that they knew sufficiently what they meant by the words "mind" and "matter" to be able to conduct their debate intelligently.
The professor was carrying on a hot crusade against materialists.
When he had fixed his piercing look on this modern Babylon, which equally engages the contemplation of the religious enthusiast, the materialist, and the scoffer, -- "Great city," murmured he, inclining his head, and joining his hands as if in prayer, "less than six months have elapsed since first I entered thy gates.
Mazarin, in his character of cardinal and prime minister, was almost an atheist, and quite a materialist.
He thought how much better it was to be a dumb, unquestioning beast, or a human being conscious of his soul, than to be as he was--alone, a materialist, who saw the meaninglessness of matter and whose mind, in some manner which he did not understand, had developed a slant that made him doubt what others accepted so easily as facts.
I am a materialist, and I am a gross, fat man -- Falstaff, eh?
I remarked to him, with a smile, that he spoke like a materialist, and he answered that he had always been one.
All the people on Bora Bora were Christians; but he was a heathen, the only unbeliever on the island, a gross materialist, who believed that when he died he was dead.
Without being aware of it himself, he was a thorough materialist.
In religion and morals I adopted the views of a materialist companion of my studies--a worn-out man of more than double my age.
I held that space was an apparition of God, and that soul was a projection of the character of God; and when he called me his sweet metaphysician, I called him my immortal materialist.