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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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materialismma‧te‧ri‧al‧is‧m /məˈtɪəriəlɪzəm $ -ˈtɪr-/ noun [uncountable]  1 GREEDYthe belief that money and possessions are more important than art, religion, moral beliefs etc – used to show disapproval a reaction to a world full of shallow materialism2 RPthe belief that only physical things really existmaterialist adjective materialist philosophymaterialist noun [countable] We confess to being hopeless materialists, surrounded by our own cool stuff.
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materialismOur high desires for spiritual reality are transmuted into the sordid quest for consumerism and materialism.In these lovely days, still unspoilt by materialism and television, there was always a singer.Graham also encouraged people to turn away from materialism and instead focus on what he said really matters: the spiritual.His main target was vanity, and how materialism has put a brake on the human race.As such, it competes with other metaphysical theories like materialism.This criticism of materialism is seen in all his teaching.What a challenge to a life that is caught in the whirlpool of materialism!In all these respects, materialism functions just like theism, as one competing metaphysical scheme amongst others.
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