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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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Examples from the Web for non-materialistic
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  • If we are to take a non-materialistic view of memory we are plunged into a metaphysical discussion which cannot here be pursued.

    Science and Morals and Other Essays Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
  • It consists of animistic, theological and dualistic habits of thought, issuing in utopianism and non-materialistic idealism.

    Socialism: Positive and Negative

    Robert Rives La Monte
Word Origin and History for non-materialistic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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