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1. Philosophy The doctrine 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.
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Adv.1.materialistically - in a materialistic mannermaterialistically - in a materialistic manner; "one should not approach life materialistically"
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Moreover, much about the same time as Firenzuola was writing, Botticelli's blonde, angular, retrousse women were breaking every one of that beauty- master's canons, perfect in beauty none the less; and lovers then, and perhaps particularly now, have found the perfect beauty in faces to which Messer Firenzuola would have denied the name of face at all, by virtue of a quality which indeed he has tabulated, but which is far too elusive and undefinable, too spiritual for him truly to have understood,--a quality which nowadays we are tardily recognising as the first and last of all beauty, either of nature or art,--the supreme, truly divine, because materialistically unaccountable, quality of Charm!
The introductory chapter includes a discussion of why materialistically minded folk might mistakenly believe Kant has nothing to offer.
By thinking materialistically, says Allsopp, humans (particularly city and urban sprawl dwellers) have forgotten that they are a part of nature, dependent on clean water and air, and the interaction of other species within an ecosystem.
It is true that materialistically we have reached unprecedented heights.
I'm not sure the tortoise is ageing well at all, materialistically. Anyhow, there we were the other day at the mall, enacting our fabled routine.
Explaining the reasoning behind his claims, Hammam said: "This a great tie as it is a chance for Leeds to play against a club that is materialistically bigger than them.
Hammam said: ``This is a great tie, as it is a chance for Leeds to play against a club that is materialistically bigger than them.
Is it possible that a closer look at such a notion might contribute to what I sense is a growing tendency to understand human reality less mechanistically and less materialistically?
IN this highly competitive and materialistically driven world, overworked, stressed and anxious people look to the entertainment industry to relax, forget their problems and simply switch off.
Nature selects for societies populated by conscious, energetic individuals, and societies reward self-awareness and individualism materialistically. Fed by greed and competition, material rewards fast become alienation and vulnerability.
In this way, Ai is the elevated, liberated, self-improving being in synch with Aili Ai Selasi Ai's work as King and in contrast to the more materialistically oriented mi-self Ai, Ai an Ai, Aili Ai Selasi Ai and Ja-Ai illustrate the core mystical linguistic revelations of Rastafari ("Rastafaraz" in Patwa).
"Etiquette will become a lot more emotional rather than something that is materialistically seen.