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Definition concerned with wealth and possessions at the expense of other interests
  • She thinks Americans are too materialistic.
  • This was how America had embraced Communism; this was America's first green fruit of materialistic rebellion.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • We are mundane and materialistic—and do you know of any other nation that acts for ideals?
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • JACQUELINE: Essentialists and materialists.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • They are godless through and through, gross egotists, despicable materialists.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • On the other hand, dialectic materialism...
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Is anything wrong with you this evening that you grow so materialistic?
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • His voice resisted the pressure of materialistic civilization.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I call it cynical and disgusting materialism.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The Depression had made materialists of us all; almost everybody wanted "to be a success."
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • And how did he handle the growing materialism in which so many people feel no need of faith and consider the church almost an anachronism?
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Folks just believed it was materialistic for a long time until our class.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • It is a strange lack in the sex which is in other things more primitive and more materialistic.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • Even if there isn't supposed to be any such thing as love in a purely materialistic conception of society?
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The whole tendency of our latest centuries, in its scientific and materialistic aspect, is most probably accursed.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • And afterward an out-and-out materialistic world—and the Catholic Church.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • We are all realists here, and materialists.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • His father is a failure in business and therefore a great disappointment to the materialist mother.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • His outlook was bleak and materialistic.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Carley had been told by a Columbia professor that she was a type of the present age—a modern young woman of materialistic mind.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon

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