Definition of materiality:
applicability, germaneness, pertinency, connection, bearing, substance, relevancy, corporality, case, pertinence, matter, factuality, application, actuality, reality, relevant, relevance, body, concernment, appositeness.
- "A Second Coming", Richard Marsh.
So that when Mr. Gladstone invites us to call our love of inequality " the complement of the love of freedom or its negative pole, or the shadow which the love of freedom casts, or the reverberation of its voice in the halls of the constitution," we must surely answer that all this mystical eloquence is not in the least necessary to explain so simple a matter; that our love of inequality is really the vulgarity in us, and the brutality, admiring and worshipping the splendid materiality.- "Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold", Matthew Arnold.
But this effect gains in intensity when we are able to connect these characteristics with some deep- seated cause, a certain fundamental absentmindedness, as though the soul had allowed itself to be fascinated and hypnotised by the materiality of a simple action.- "Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic", Henri Bergson.