- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||the philosophic theory that physical matter and its related forces are the source or cause of all phenomena.
- similar words:
||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.
The word materialism
contains the following part:
that means doctrine, belief, theory
More about this word part:
The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism
means "bias based on," as in "sexism
" and "ageism
." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.