materialism materialism  /mə ˈtɪ ri ə ˌlɪ zəm/


  1. (n) (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
  2. (n) a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters


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  1. What remains is a materialism framed in a kind of Tony Robbins positivism.
  2. We have become polluted by American culture, contaminated by materialism.
  3. Yet many today share his uneasiness with the way mechanization and materialism sicken the human spirit.



  1. ...Abdullah, 69, said that elections a year ago, which handed the opposition control of one-third of parliament and, in effect, ended his career, were a sign that "UMNO's glory has dimmed". "Materialism has seeped into the party,...
    on Mar 26, 2009 By: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. Pulling no punches in his speech, King told his cheering congregation, "When machines and computers, property motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are...
    on Apr 13, 2007 By: Martin Luther King Source: Online Athens

  3. "The truth is, we have an enormous amount in common with the Christian community, and particularly with the evangelical Christian community," Dean said. "And one of the biggest things that Democrats worry about is the materialism of our...
    on Jun 6, 2006 By: Howard Dean Source: Christian Broadcasting Network

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