Who doesn’t love the nice things that money can buy? But if all you care about is the stuff you have and the stuff you want to buy, you are materialistic.

Anyone who is obsessively focused on money, or cares deeply about owning luxury goods can be described as materialistic. Material is a synonym for matter: anything that exists. Originally, materialism was a philosophy that "only matter exists." But in 1851, American fiction writer Nathaniel Hawthorne tweaked the definition to mean “a way of life based entirely on consumer goods," a meaning that endures.

Definitions of materialistic
  1. adjective
    marked by materialism
    synonyms: mercenary, worldly-minded
    secular, temporal, worldly
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
  2. adjective
    conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
    synonyms: bourgeois, conservative
    occupying a socioeconomic position intermediate between those of the lower classes and the wealthy
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