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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
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Examples from the web for materialistic
  • You're not going to take any materialistic things with you.
  • But every generation has disaffected or materialistic members.
  • Students come to universities with a remarkably materialistic view of what a college education can provide.
  • The capital seen on television is a counterfeit of a modern western city, flashy and materialistic.
  • For example, psychologists have found that feeling materialistic tends to correlate with darker moods.
  • Obviously, people of any political persuasion can be materialistic.
  • The inevitable cost of industrialization and trying to pursue a materialistic capitalist dream.
  • On the other hand, he may have contributed to the disaster of an increasingly materialistic culture.
  • How this material world can dominate is well demonstrated in the actual materialistic world and science.
  • He refused to give into short-lasting fads and materialistic bull.
Word Origin and History for materialistic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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