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materialism Syllabification: ma·te·ri·al·ism
Pronunciation: /məˈtirēəˌlizəm/

Definition of materialism in English:

noun

1A tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.
Example sentences
  • Perceptions now abound of the West being held in the grip of materialism and spiritual values being sidelined.
  • This story teaches important lessons about materialism and valuing family relationships.
  • It also promotes vanity and materialism as a value.
2 Philosophy The doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.
Example sentences
  • And, if we don't really know what matter is, then materialism is in trouble.
  • The first is ontological materialism, which says that nothing exists except the material world.
  • This materialism was of a mechanical kind - with matter interacting like parts in a giant clockwork mechanism.
2.1The doctrine that consciousness and will are wholly due to material agency. See also dialectical materialism.
Example sentences
  • In respect to his materialism and determinism Collins was clearly influenced more by Hobbes and Bayle than he was by Locke.
  • As Marx pointed out, idealism often was better than materialism at capturing agency.
  • Hobbes' view shows progress for reconciling materialism, determinism and free will, but it is unsatisfactory.

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