What does the word materialism mean?

Usage examples for materialism

  1. He admired Douglas to a degree, but he disliked what he sensed in him as materialism. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  2. The one cause tended to create a notion that unassisted reason was sufficient for all human needs; the other developed a frequent bias to materialism. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton