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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:
Adj.1.materialistic - marked by materialismmaterialistic - marked by materialism    
worldly, secular, temporal - characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world; "worldly goods and advancement"; "temporal possessions of the church"
2.materialistic - conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle classmaterialistic - conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; "a bourgeois mentality"
middle-class - occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy

materialistic

adjective consumerist, worldly, grasping, greedy, acquisitive, rapacious, avaricious, capitalistic, money-grubbing, money-orientated In the 1980s society became very materialistic.

materialistic

adjective
Of or preoccupied with material rather than spiritual or intellectual things:
Translations

materialistic

[məˈtɪərɪəˈlɪstɪk] ADJmaterialista

materialistic

[məˌtɪərɪəˈlɪstɪk] adjmatérialiste

materialistic

adj, materialistically

materialistic

[məˌtɪərɪəˈlɪstɪk] adjmaterialista
References in classic literature ?
The beginning of the most materialistic age in the history of the world, when wars would be fought without patrio- tism, when men would forget God and only pay attention to moral standards, when the will to power would replace the will to serve and beauty would be well-nigh forgotten in the terrible headlong rush of mankind toward the acquiring of possessions, was telling its story to Jesse the man of God as it was to the men about him.
Mysticism, with its marvellous power of making common things strange to us, and the subtle antinomianism that always seems to accompany it, moved him for a season; and for a season he inclined to the materialistic doctrines of the Darwinismus movement in Germany, and found a curious pleasure in tracing the thoughts and passions of men to some pearly cell in the brain, or some white nerve in the body, delighting in the conception of the absolute dependence of the spirit on certain physical conditions, morbid or healthy, normal or diseased.
The whole tendency of our latest centuries, in its scientific and materialistic aspect, is most probably accursed.
He was a Spencerian like you till Kreis turned him to materialistic monism.
Long before the school of materialistic monism arose, the ground was removed so that there could be no foundation.
It was true that they prattled sweet little ideals and dear little moralities, but in spite of their prattle the dominant key of the life they lived was materialistic.
His early love of simplicity hardened into a rigid opposition not only to the materialistic modern industrial system but to all change--the Reform Bill, the reform of education, and in general all progressive political and social movements.
The great man who shall save us from the shipwreck which is imminent will no doubt avail himself of individualism when he makes a nation of us once more; but until this regeneration comes, we bide our time in a materialistic and utilitarian age.
You speak in purely materialistic terms," she objected.
On the one hand, many psychologists, especially those of the behaviourist school, tend to adopt what is essentially a materialistic position, as a matter of method if not of metaphysics.
But this position cannot be called materialistic, if, as seems to be the case, physics does not assume the existence of matter.
And another thing, women are all more materialistic than men.