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[muh-teer-ee-al-i-tee] /məˌtɪər iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural materialities for 2.
material nature or quality.
something material.
Origin of materiality
From the Medieval Latin word māteriālitās, dating back to 1520-30. See material, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To get to the principle of all life, as also of all materiality, we must go further still.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • materiality may very well stand the brunt of that unshotted broadside.

  • It is the consciousness of good only, without a trace of materiality or evil.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Sculpture dispenses with color, painting with the materiality of form.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • In other words, materiality and reality are not inseparably associated.


    Henry Seward Hubbard
  • The presence on the step above him was for the time dispelled by her own materiality.

    The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • You cannot simultaneously serve the mammon of materiality and the God of spirituality.

    Unity of Good Mary Baker Eddy
British Dictionary definitions for materiality


the state or quality of being physical or material
substance; matter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for materiality

1520s, "that which is the matter of something," from Modern Latin materialitas, from materialis (see material (adj.)). From 1560s as "quality of being material;" 1640s as "quality of being important to matters at hand."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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