• Material, substance.
  • An affair, condition, or subject, especially one of concern or (especially when preceded by the) one that is problematic.
  • An approximate amount or extent.
  • The essence; the pith; the embodiment.
  • Inducing cause or reason, especially of anything disagreeable or distressing.
  • Pus.



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  • From Middle English matere, mater, from Anglo-Norman materie, from Old French materie, from Latin materia, from mater. Madeira.
  • The word displaced the native Middle English andweorc ("material, matter"), from Old English andweorc), Old English intinga.

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