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materialism

noun [U]  /məˈtɪr·i·əˌlɪz·əm/ us  
social studies the belief that money, possessions, and comfort are the most important things to obtain in life
materialistic
adjective  /məˌtɪr·i·əˈlɪs·tɪk/ us  
I was a materialistic person, very career-oriented, with a large ego.
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