materialistic materialistic  /mə ˌtɪ ri ə ˈlɪ stɪk/


  1. (adj) marked by materialism
  2. (adj) conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class


  1. Sharp lines are also drawn between India's fervent religiosity and China's secularism, and Aiyar searches vainly for traces of spirituality behind China's materialistic faade.
  2. He, along with Pope John Paul II, has always denounced the materialistic society we are now living in.
  3. Judge: These arguments are incorrect because we are living in a society based on materialistic concepts.


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  1. "I remember the times when I was wrestling with these issues that I would feel crushed. I was crushed by the purely materialistic, atheistic account of the universe," Updike told The Associated Press during a 2006 interview. "I am very prone...
    on Jan 27, 2009 By: John Updike Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "The way of living out, and perceiving, Christmas unfortunately quite often suffers from a materialistic mentality," Benedict said.
    on Dec 9, 2007 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Here's a group of kids that chose the University of Florida, one another, playing with each other, and happiness over all the materialistic things that are out there," coach Billy Donovan said. "To me, it's an unbelievable story. Personally,...
    on Mar 10, 2007 By: Billy Donovan Source: USA Today

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