[ muh-teer-ee-uh-list ]
/ məˈtɪər i ə lɪst /


a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
an adherent of philosophical materialism.


concerned with material things; materialistic.
of or relating to philosophical materialism or its adherents.

Nearby words

  1. material equivalence,
  2. material implication,
  3. material mode,
  4. materialise,
  5. materialism,
  6. materialistic,
  7. materiality,
  8. materialization,
  9. materialize,
  10. materially

Origin of materialist

From the New Latin word māteriālista, dating back to 1660–70. See material, -ist

Related formsma·te·ri·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·ma·te·ri·al·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for anti-materialist



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