[ noun ] a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
Used in print(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)
Moreover the centralization of our economy during the 1920 s , the dislocations of the Depression , the common ethos of Materialism everywhere , all contributed in various ways to the face-lifting that replaced Mike_Fink and the Great_Gatsby with the anonymous physiognomy of the Little_People .(Arlin Turner, "William Faulkner, Southern Novelist"...)
If the barn-burner 's family produces a Flem_Snopes , who personifies commercialism and materialism in hyperbolic crassness , the Compson family produces a Jason_Compson 4 , .