Ma*te"ri*al*ism (?), n. [Cf. F.
1. The doctrine of materialists;
materialistic views and tenets.
The irregular fears of a future state had been
supplanted by the materialism of Epicurus.
2. The tendency to give undue importance to
material interests; devotion to the material nature and its
3. Material substances in the aggregate;
matter. [R. & Obs.] A. Chalmers.