- preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
- the philosophical theory that regards matter and its motions as constituting the universe, and all phenomena, including those of mind, as due to material agencies.
Origin of materialism
Examples from the Web for materialism
It just feeds the fire of materialism, and feeds the fire of make up, and false attire, and whatnot.
You mentioned “materialism” earlier, and one of the themes of both The Hunger Games and Divergent is class warfare.
A Youtube video of some jet-setting Buddhist monks has Thailand scrambling to crack down on materialism in the monastic ranks.Jet-Setting Video of Thai Buddhist Monks Causes Scandal
June 18, 2013
It seems the world of law and idol breaking needed something of the Greeks' materialism, too.Christmas For Love, Chanukah For Awe
December 7, 2012
"I think he's pointing out the ridiculousness of the materialism," Hong said.Biting Satire, Gangnam Style
September 25, 2012
He might have escaped this materialism through the church, but to him it offered no inducements.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
There will soon be no babies for you to instruct either in materialism or socialism.Mountain Meditations
Liberate their conscience from the materialism by which it is weighed down.Italy, the Magic Land
Razumov envied the materialism of the thief and the passion of the incorrigible lover.Under Western Eyes
On the other hand, it is of the essence of Materialism to deny that the Will is an agent.Mind and Motion and Monism
George John Romanes
- interest in and desire for money, possessions, etc, rather than spiritual or ethical values
- philosophy the monist doctrine that matter is the only reality and that the mind, the emotions, etc, are merely functions of itCompare idealism (def. 3), dualism (def. 2) See also identity theory
- ethics the rejection of any religious or supernatural account of things
Word Origin and History for materialism
In philosophy, the position that nothing exists except matter — things that can be measured or known through the senses. Materialists deny the existence of spirit, and they look for physical explanations for all phenomena. Thus, for example, they trace mental states to the brain or nervous system, rather than to the spirit or the soul. Marxism, because it sees human culture as the product of economic forces, is a materialist system of beliefs.