Definitions

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  • n. The tendency of the mind toward, or its preoccupation with, physical phenomena; materialism in philosophy and religion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The tendency of the mind toward, or its preoccupation with, physical phenomena; materialism in philosophy and religion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Belief in the material or physical as opposed to the spiritual.

Etymologies

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physic +‎ -ism

Examples

  • In the progress of the species from savagery to advanced civilization, anthropomorphism grows into theology, while physicism (if I may so call it) develops into science; but the development of the two is contemporaneous, not successive.

    Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews

  • (And it's true that we don't usually talk about violinism or physicism, or rapism for that matter.)

    The gaping silence

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