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MATERIALISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does materialism mean? 

MATERIALISM (noun)
  The noun MATERIALISM has 2 senses:

1. a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
2. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality

  Familiarity information: MATERIALISM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MATERIALISM (noun)


Sense 1materialism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

materialism; philistinism

Hypernyms ("materialism" is a kind of...):

desire (something that is desired)


Sense 2materialism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

physicalism; materialism

Hypernyms ("materialism" is a kind of...):

philosophical doctrine; philosophical theory (a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy)

Domain category:

philosophy (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "materialism"):

dialectical materialism (the materialistic philosophy of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels)


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