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materialism

noun [U] uk   /məˈtɪə.ri.ə.lɪ.zəm/ us    /-ˈtɪr.i-/

materialism noun [U] (MONEY)

C2 the belief that having money and possessions is the most important thing in life: So have we become a self-centred society, preoccupied with materialism?

materialism noun [U] (PHYSICAL)

specialized social sciences, religion the belief that only physical matter exists and the spiritual world does not
(Definition of materialism from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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