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[muh-teer-ee-uh-lis-tik] /məˌtɪər i əˈlɪs tɪk/
excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and material possessions, rather than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
adhering to the philosophy of materialism, a theory that regards matter as constituting the universe and all its phenomena.
Origin of materialistic
Related forms
materialistically, adverb
antimaterialistic, adjective
antimaterialistically, adverb
nonmaterialistic, adjective
nonmaterialistically, adverb
semimaterialistic, adjective
unmaterialistic, adjective
unmaterialistically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have said that the dominant thinking of our age is materialistic, and by that I mean also physical.

  • Let our materialistic friends summon them, then, to their aid.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • At all events, it is a legitimate induction from materialistic premises.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Physical science is as little Atheistic as it is materialistic.'

    Mind and Motion and Monism George John Romanes
  • They are suspicious and materialistic, having no sacred ideals.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
Word Origin and History for materialistic

1829, from materialist + -ic. Related: Materialistically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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