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Negative ImplicationPlay
Often carries a negative judgment, suggesting a shallow focus on physical wealth over deeper values. SlidePeople criticized the celebrity for his materialistic lifestyle.
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Emotional ConnotationsPlay
Usually evokes negative feelings; may be used during discussions about societal problems related to consumerism. SlideHer materialistic attitude seemed at odds with the charity's values.
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Cultural CritiquesPlay
Commonly used in cultural discussions that critique the prioritization of money and goods in society. SlideHe wrote an article about the materialistic culture of the 21st century.