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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 ?
And hence bitter enmities had arisen; the professors of knowledge had revenged themselves by calling him a villainous corrupter of youth, and by repeating the commonplaces about atheism and materialism and sophistry, which are the stock-accusations against all philosophers when there is nothing else to be said of them.
The mother, meanwhile, had gone in search of the shawl and stockings; for her own view of the matter, however subtle and delicate, had given way, as it always did, to the stubborn materialism of her husband.
He handled physical details as if there were nothing beyond them; yet spiritualized them all, and redeemed himself from materialism by his strong and eager aspiration towards the infinite.
It was an elemental materialism, difficult to understand, but it was a language very clear to Martin.
When Epstein, the agent, wrote to say that the allegory had been purchased by a Glasgow plutocrat of the name of Bates for one hundred and sixty guineas, Sellers' views on Philistines and their crass materialism and lack of taste underwent a marked modification.
Criticism is infested with a cant of materialism, which assumes that manual skill and activity is the first merit of all men, and disparages such as say and do not, overlooking the fact that some men, namely poets, are natural sayers, sent into the world to the end of expression, and confounds them with those whose province is action but who quit it to imitate the sayers.
No, Summerlee, I will have none of your materialism, for I, at least, am too great a thing to end in mere physical constituents, a packet of salts and three bucketfuls of water.
Events proved in July, 1830, the error of the materialism of the Restoration.
What I did find was monstrous selfishness and heartlessness, and a gross, gluttonous, practised, and practical materialism.
I have a natural shrinking from all forms of rough materialism.
Among the other great Victorian writers the most obvious disciple of Carlyle in his opposition to the materialism of modern life is John Ruskin.
He was not "a thinking machine"; for that is a brainless phrase of modern fatalism and materialism.