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materialist

[muh-teer-ee-uh-list] /məˈtɪər i ə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
2.
an adherent of philosophical materialism.
adjective
3.
concerned with material things; materialistic.
4.
of or relating to philosophical materialism or its adherents.
Origin of materialist
1660-1670
From the New Latin word māteriālista, dating back to 1660-70. See material, -ist
Related forms
materialistic, adjective
antimaterialist, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for materialist
Historical Examples
  • But first, let us do so from the materialist's own stand-point.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • But we put it on the irrefragable logic of the materialist's own premises and conclusions.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • “The external world,” says the materialist––“Does not exist,” says the Idealist.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • In short, the cow does fulfill the materialist theory of history: that is why the cow has no history.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • It is customary to condemn the American as a materialist because of his worship of success.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • The materialist answers: "The matter of the brain creates thought."

    The Mind and the Brain

    Alfred Binet
  • The materialist and the sceptic have forcible arguments on their side.

  • No materialist can deny the correctness of that complexion to which we all must come at last.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • The transformation of the mystic was sustaining the hypothesis of the materialist.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
  • He was an Infidel, or, as he chose to term it, a materialist.

Word Origin and History for materialist
n.

1660s and after in various philosophical and theological senses, on model of French matérialiste, from material (n.) + -ist. Also cf. materialism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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