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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!
Our work culture in general is not rewarding to young people, morally and materialistically.
I graduated from great universities, reached the top of my career at a relatively early stage and materialistically I had all the toys; a brand new BMW, a suit for every day of the month and all the latest Apple devices.
Transcendental materialism proposes to materialistically explain meaning without reducing meaning to mechanism, or what we typically reference as 'material.
These assumptions are philosophically bundled under the program of an idealistic functionalism, which is interpreted materialistically, and--in such interpretation--seems to be the philosophical grammar of transhumanism.
The three weeks without possessions taught them to view life a little less materialistically.
41) This kind of what de Lubac calls totalitarian earthboundedness that robs history of its interiority and has such harmful effects for the faith is part and parcel of historicalcritical exegesis, which methodologically excludes from its purview anything that transcends the externals of history, materialistically construed.
A naive and materialistically oriented idea about the direction of the relationship between anti-consumption and well-being could be that lower levels of consumption foster well-being on the macro level (e.
The core values of a materialistically depressed person are comprised of reverence and motivation for material things and money.
Finally, it ends up in "distorting Marxist form" (BE 67) as the familiar history-blasting allegory, which, according to Scholem, is nevertheless--even in Benjamin's own imagination--still propelled more by messianic hopes than by materialistically determined means of production.
When you consider what the Rangers players have got, materialistically and every other way, then they have to look at themselves.
Michael Mitchell found that being popular, aggressively competitive, materialistically driven and self-confident are traits promoted in conventional schools," wrote Haverluck.