materialistic

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Etymology[edit]

material +‎ -istic

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /məˌtɪəɹ.i.əˈlɪs.tɪk/
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Adjective[edit]

materialistic (comparative more materialistic, superlative most materialistic)

  1. Being overly concerned with material possessions and wealth.
    • 2019, Fancy Feast, “On Being a Fetish”, in Jewish Currents[1], number Summer 2019:
      Where American Jewish men contend with stereotypes of being oversexed, needy, nebbishy and neurotic (like Woody Allen, boo hiss), Jewish women are cast as withholding, bossy, exotic, and materialistic (like Fran Drescher, which honestly? Goals).
  2. Of or concerning philosophical materialism.
    • 1852, Charles Kingsley, Phaeton, or Loose Thoughts for Loose Thinkers
      But to me his very spiritualism seemed more materialistic than his physics.

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