materialism[mə tir′ē əl iz′əm]
- 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 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.
- (philosophy): idealism