preoccupation with or emphasis on objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
the philosophical theory that regards matter and its motions as constituting the universe, and all phenomena, including those of mind, as due to agencies.
With all economic indicators looking positively Grinchy at the moment, this is a zeitgeist-appropriate, anti-materialism song.
Ave Mariah Jessi Klein December 21, 2008
interest in and desire for money, possessions, etc, rather than spiritual or ethical values
(philosophy) the monist doctrine that matter is the only reality and that the mind, the emotions, etc, are merely functions of it Compare idealism (sense 3), dualism (sense 2) See also identity theory
(ethics) the rejection of any religious or supernatural account of things
1748, “philosophy that nothing exists except matter” (from French matérialisme); 1851 as “a way of life based entirely on consumer goods.” From material + ism.
In philosophy, the position that nothing exists except matter — things that can be measured or known through the senses. Materialists deny the existence of spirit, and they look for physical explanations for all phenomena. Thus, for example, they trace mental states to the brain or nervous system, rather than to the spirit or the soul. Marxism, because it sees human culture as the product of economic forces, is a materialist system of beliefs.
the use or application of medicine. a medicinal substance; medicament. Contemporary Examples The first time, there were insects in our house, and a medication to remove the insects. Meryl Streep Tells Zarcquona’s Story September 15, 2011 A pharmacist told her the medication was for women—and her identification still listed her as a male. Obamacare Now […]
a statutory combination of two or more corporations by the transfer of the properties to one surviving corporation. any combination of two or more business enterprises into a single enterprise. an act or instance of . Contemporary Examples The proposed US Airways and American Airlines merger would be the fourth major airline combination in the […]
pertaining to or of the nature of metaphysics. Philosophy. concerned with abstract thought or subjects, as existence, causality, or truth. concerned with first principles and ultimate grounds, as being, time, or substance. highly abstract, subtle, or abstruse. designating or pertaining to the poetry of an early group of 17th-century English poets, notably John Donne, whose […]
marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups, especially, in the U.S., between a black person and a white person: In 1968 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state laws prohibiting miscegenation were unconstitutional. sexual relations between two people from different racial backgrounds that results in the conception of a mixed-race child. Contemporary […]