materialist


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.materialist - someone with great regard for material possessionsmaterialist - someone with great regard for material possessions
capitalist - a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)
2.materialist - someone who thinks that nothing exists but physical matter
disbeliever, nonbeliever, unbeliever - someone who refuses to believe (as in a divinity)
Translations

materialist

[məˈtɪərɪəlɪst]
A. Nmaterialista mf
B. ADJmaterialista

materialist

[məˈtɪəriəlɪst]
n (= person) → matérialiste mf
adj [view, belief] → matérialiste

materialist

nMaterialist(in) m(f)

materialist

[məˈtɪərɪəlɪst] nmaterialista m/f
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.