materialistic 1829, from MATERIALIST (Cf. materialist) + -IC (Cf. -ic). Related: Materialistically.

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  • Materialistic — Ma*te ri*al*is tic, Materialistical Ma*te ri*al*is tic*al, a. Of or pertaining to materialism or materialists; of the nature of materialism. [1913 Webster] But to me his very spiritualism seemed more materialistic than his physics. C. Kingsley.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Materialistic — describes a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values; an adherent of materialismee also* Economic materialism, the sense of the prioritization of resources * Materialism, the …   Wikipedia

  • materialistic — index mercenary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • materialistic — [adj] thinking mainly about physical things acquisitive, banausic, carnal, earthlyminded, earthy, greedy, material, mundane, object oriented, possessive, profane, secular, sensual, temporal, terrestrial, unspiritual; concept 542 Ant. spiritual,… …   New thesaurus

  • materialistic — ma|te|ri|a|lis|tic [məˌtıəriəˈlıstık US ˌtır ] adj concerned only with money and possessions rather than things of the mind such as art, religion, or moral beliefs used in order to show disapproval ▪ He s so materialistic. ▪ the materialistic… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • materialistic — [[t]mətɪ͟əriəlɪ̱stɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a person or society as materialistic, you are critical of them because they attach too much importance to money and material possessions. During the 1980s Britain became a very… …   English dictionary

  • materialistic — adj. Materialistic is used with these nouns: ↑culture …   Collocations dictionary

  • materialistic — adjective caring only about money and possessions rather than things of the mind such as art or religion: People nowadays are so materialistic. materialistically / kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • materialistic — materialism ► NOUN 1) a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values. 2) Philosophy the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • materialistic — adjective see materialism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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