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1. materialism

noun. ['məˈtɪriːəˌlɪzəm'] a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters.

Synonyms

  • desire

Etymology

  • -ism (English)
  • material (English)
  • material (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Materialism

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Example sentences of the word materialism


1. Noun, singular or mass
By placing value on ideas and the pursuit of truth, idealism de-emphasizes the importance of materialism.

Quotes containing the word materialism


1. We're all to driven by materialism. Obsessed with success. With money. With trying to impress people who'll never be impressed.
- Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Ties the Knot

2. I think at the heart of so much restlessness of the day is a spiritual vacuum. There is a yearning for meaningful lives, a yearning for values we can commonly embrace. I hear an almost inaudible but pervasive discontent with the price we pay for our current materialism. And I hear a fluttering of hope that there might be more to life than bread and circuses.
- Bill Moyes

2. materialism

noun. ['məˈtɪriːəˌlɪzəm'] (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality.

Synonyms

  • philosophical doctrine
  • physicalism
  • philosophical theory

Antonyms

  • hereditarianism
  • despair

Etymology

  • -ism (English)
  • material (English)
  • material (Middle English (1100-1500))
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