Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Constant concern over material possessions and wealth; a great or excessive regard for worldly concerns.
  • n. The philosophical belief that nothing exists beyond what is physical.
  • n. Material substances in the aggregate; matter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine of materialists; materialistic views and tenets; called also philosophical materialism.
  • n. The tendency to give undue importance to material interests as contrasted with spiritual concerns; devotion to the material nature and its wants.
  • n. Material substances in the aggregate; matter.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

material +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

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