- An example of materialism is explaining love in terms of material things.
- An example of materialism is valuing a new car over friendships.
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.
- 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 of materialismFrench matérialisme
- 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.
- Concern for possessions or material wealth and physical comfort, especially to the exclusion of spiritual or intellectual pursuits.
(countable and uncountable, plural materialisms)
- Constant concern over material possessions and wealth; a great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.
- (philosophy) The philosophical belief that nothing exists beyond what is physical.
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