materialism NOUN 1) a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values. 2) Philosophy the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.
DERIVATIVES materialist noun & adjective materialistic adjective.

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  • materialistic — [[t]mətɪ͟əriəlɪ̱stɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a person or society as materialistic, you are critical of them because they attach too much importance to money and material possessions. During the 1980s Britain became a very… …   English dictionary

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  • materialistic — adjective see materialism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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