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materialism

Philosophy
The philosophical theory that nothing exists in the universe but matter and energy.

Psychology
A personal preoccupation with material things and comforts, to the exclusion of intellectual, spiritual and cultural pursuits.
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Political scientists have found that residents of poor countries hold stronger materialistic values than those in rich countries do.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denounced the inhumane and materialistic views and policies of the arrogant powers, and said the arrogant system has imposed inflation, discrimination and poverty on the world nations.
The report highlights a study into the effect of consumerism on the psychological wellbeing of 10-13 year-olds which found: "Other things being equal, the more a child is exposed to the media (television and Internet), the more materialistic she becomes, the worse she relates to her parents and the worse her mental health.
Bertie, who earns a hefty 252,000 a year, said: "There is a concern that we have become more materialistic, maybe even more selfish.
Powered by a search for meaning and new experiences, the butterflies have the least materialistic orientation among the segments, yet they spend nearly as much as the X-Fluents on luxury;
Washington, Oct 20 (ANI): Materialistic young people with compulsive buying issues need just the right amount of spare time to feel happier, according to new research.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iranian legislator on Monday blasted the West for its wrong human rights rationale, saying that the materialistic school of thought of the western countries has guided them to a systematic violation of human rights.
My six-year-old granddaughter, an only child, is becoming more demanding and materialistic.
John XXIII specified them in Humanae salutis--the Apostolic Constitution of 25 December 1961 proclaiming the Council--as the danger of nuclear war and a dehumanization caused by materialistic atheism, materialistic capitalism, and widespread poverty.
It was such a materialistic and capitalistic society.
Before, they were held together by ideology, `but now they unite on a materialistic basis and the only question is how to make lots of money.
The new cultic teachings, dress, diet, and other practices expressed a working-class hatred of the materialistic, respectable, commercial ethos of evangelicalism.