- The definition of materialism is the philosophy that everything can be explained in terms of matter, or the idea that goods and wealth are the most important things.
- An example of materialism is explaining love in terms of material things.
- An example of materialism is valuing a new car over friendships.
- the philosophic doctrine that matter is the only reality and that everything in the world, including thought, will, and feeling, can be explained in terms of matter alone
- the doctrine that comfort, pleasure, and wealth are the only or highest goals or values
- the tendency to be more concerned with material than with spiritual or intellectual goals or values
Origin: Fr matérialisme
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- Philosophy The theory that physical matter is the only reality and that everything, including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.
- The theory or attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life.
- A great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.
- ma·teˈri·al·ist noun
- ma·teˌri·al·isˈtic adjective
- ma·teˌri·al·isˈti·cal·ly adverb
materialism - Cultural Definition
In 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.