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materialism

noun [U]  us   /məˈtɪr·i·əˌlɪz·əm/
social studies the belief that money, possessions, and comfort are the most important things to obtain in life
materialistic
adjective  us   /məˌtɪr·i·əˈlɪs·tɪk/
I was a materialistic person, very career-oriented, with a large ego.
Translations of “materialism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 錢, 實利主義, 物質主義…
in Russian материализм…
in Turkish maddecilik, materyalizm…
in Chinese (Simplified) 钱, 实利主义, 物质主义…
in Polish materializm…
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