American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The theory or attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life.
- n. A great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The denial of the existence in man of an immaterial substance, which alone is conscious, distinct and separable from the body.
- n. The metaphysical doctrine that matter is the only substance, and that matter and its motions constitute the universe. See idealism, 1.
- n. The doctrine that all phenomena are to be accounted for by the fortuitous concourse of atoms, in connection with certain laws or tendencies toward laws, in nature; Epicureanism.
- n. Any opinion or tendency that is based upon purely material interests; hence, any low view of life; devotion to material things or interests; neglect of spiritual for physical needs and considerations.
- n. Constant concern over material possessions and wealth; a great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.
- n. philosophy The philosophical belief that nothing exists beyond what is physical.
- n. obsolete, rare Material substances in the aggregate; matter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The doctrine of materialists; materialistic views and tenets; called also
- n. The tendency to give undue importance to material interests as contrasted with spiritual concerns; devotion to the material nature and its wants.
- n. R. & Obs. Material substances in the aggregate; matter.
- n. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
- n. a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
- material + -ism (Wiktionary)
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“In his ultimate view of life, he was a drastic pessimist, and what we call materialism receives from his hands the clinching fiat of a terrific imprimatur.”
“Fighting against materialism is not a fight against science.”
“I love this video because it points out that materialism is not only distracting from what Christmas is really about, but that it is antithetical to the story of God becoming human.”
“She implies that eliminative materialism is not a program for reforming the taxa of psychologists and neurologists, but some kind of quixotic campaign against poetry in ordinary language.”
“And the acquisitive materialism is a real problem.”
“Crude materialism is the hardcore – some would say dogmatic – version of materialism.”
“Science (all the centuries of knowledge hard won by innumberable lives and struggles) shows us that materialism is true.”
“If materialism is to maintain the fiction that it is sustained by scientific data then it must at least attempt to separate empirically derived assertions from assertions not sustained by empirical data.”
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