someone with great regard for material possessions
- an individual who believes that nothing is present but real matter
- a person who denies the existence of spiritual substances or representatives and keeps that religious phenomena so called will be the outcome of some peculiar business of matter A believer in philosophical materialism
- person who denies the existence of spiritual substances or agents, and preserves that religious phenomena, so called, are the result of some strange organization of matter.
- One who keeps to the existence of matter, as distinguished from the idealist, who denies it.
1660s and after in a variety of philosophical and theological sensory faculties, on style of French pad
(letter.) One that denies the presence of spiritual substances or agents, and keeps that religious phenomena, so called, would be the results of some distinct business of matter.
- (letter.) A person who keeps to the existence of matter, as distinguished through the idealist, whom denies it.
While unequivocally rejecting the accepted creeds, and so scandalizing even liberal theologians, he was still more hostile to simply sceptical and materialist tendencies.