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materialism

ma·te·ri·al·ism

materialism

 
 
pronunciation:
m ti ri lih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the philosophic theory that physical matter and its related forces are the source or cause of all phenomena.
similar words:
mechanism
definition 2: great or excessive concern with the acquisition of wealth or possessions, esp. as opposed to the attainment of spiritual goals.
As a young man, he had cared only about making money, but he rejected materialism and became somewhat of an ascetic in later life.
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