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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!
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.
We may have progressed materialistically but the discrimination on the basis of color and creed etc still exists, which shows that we are morally bankrupt species.
This is suggested in the section epigraph which indicates as well the danger that materialistically depressed persons may be motivated at a deep level to have money or the appearance of having it via material accouterments and trappings obtained at any cost, by any means in order to feel good about themselves, others, and one's environs.
But so long as we are experientially constrained state-specifically to our present cosmologically dissociated condition, we can only know through the lens of a Hegel three perspective where all is materialistically experienced as different than, and distanced and separate from, our consciousness experiencing it.
The UK is benefiting from us a lot materialistically, but when politics gets involved, we are getting the worst of everything," he added.
Although it is materialistically poor, it has First World education, literacy, and health care.
The bar has been set so materialistically high that many parents must be at their wits end, having to go without things themselves in order to provide for their loved ones and little ones.
Chapter 6 closes the book by arguing that modern secular society promotes, often unwittingly, a scientistic narrative that assumes that all observed social and scientific phenomena can be explained materialistically.
Coming from a gender-studies perspective, Schneebaum suggests that L'Engle's female characters are encouraged to practice "passive" love, rather than autonomously develop other materialistically respected skills (36).
Set against this context of hyper-immigration, the concepts of world and place are constantly being tested by adaptation and assimilation into America's consumer-based and materialistically driven culture.