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materialist

[muh-teer-ee-uh-list] /məˈtɪər i ə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
2.
an adherent of philosophical materialism.
adjective
3.
concerned with material things; materialistic.
4.
of or pertaining to philosophical materialism or its adherents.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Neo-Latin māteriālista. See material, -ist
Related forms
materialistic, adjective
antimaterialist, noun, adjective
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  • The materialist insists that the path ends with physics.
  • He was also a materialist, believing that the atoms obeyed laws, not that they received external guidance.
  • We have been on these questions in a materialist mood in the twentieth century.
Word Origin and History for materialist
n.

1660s and after in various philosophical and theological senses, on model of French matérialiste, from material (n.) + -ist. Also cf. materialism.

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