materialism [m uh- teer-ee- uh-liz- uh m] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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
dating back to
-ism Related forms an·ti·ma·te·ri·al·ism, noun
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Word Origin and History for anti-materialism n.
1748, "philosophy that nothing exists except matter" (from French
matérialisme); 1851 as "a way of life based entirely on consumer goods." From material + ism.
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anti-materialism in Culture
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.
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