Definition of Materialism

1. Noun. A desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters.

Exact synonyms: Philistinism
Generic synonyms: Desire
Derivative terms: Materialist, Materialistic, Materialistic

2. Noun. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality.
Exact synonyms: Physicalism
Specialized synonyms: Dialectical Materialism
Category relationships: Philosophy
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Derivative terms: Materialist

Definition of Materialism

1. n. The doctrine of materialists; materialistic views and tenets.

Definition of Materialism

1. Noun. Constant concern over material possessions and wealth; a great or excessive regard for worldly concerns. ¹

2. Noun. (philosophy) The philosophical belief that nothing exists beyond what is physical. ¹

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Definition of Materialism

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Medical Definition of Materialism

1. 1. The doctrine of materialists; materialistic views and tenets. "The irregular fears of a future state had been supplanted by the materialism of Epicurus." (Buckminster) 2. The tendency to give undue importance to material interests; devotion to the material nature and its wants. 3. Material substances in the aggregate; matter. [Cf. F. Materialisme] (27 Oct 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Materialism

material breaches
material conditional
material fact
material implication
material logic
material possession
material resource
material support
material witness
materialism (current term)

Literary usage of Materialism

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1. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1905)
"ince, HC Will materialism be the religion of the future ? DuU. Rer., cxxv, 1899, pp. 86-96. ... The metaphysical assumption of materialism. J. of Specul. ..."

2. Systematic Theology: A Compendium and Commonplace-book Designed for the Use by Augustus Hopkins Strong (1886)
"L materialism. materialism is that method of thought which gives priority to matter ... The element of truth in materialism is the reality of second causes. ..."

3. The American Historical Review by American Historical Association (1905)
"In short, in the opinion of many, who appear to be at least not without some justification, history is in great danger of materialism, even of gross ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Monistic also is the atomistic materialism, however much its supporters have attempted to give it a dualistic coloring, as may be seen in the teaching of ..."

5. Anti-theistic Theories: Being the Baird Lecture for 1877 by Robert Flint (1894)
"ANCIENT materialism. I. IN the present day there is no kind of anti-theism, no kind of atheism, so prevalent and so formidable as materialism. ..."

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