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Meaning of IDEALISM

Pronunciation:  I'deeu`lizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
  2. [n]  impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are
  3. [n]  the doctrine that ideas are the only reality

IDEALISM is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: high-mindedness, noble-mindedness
 See Also: grandeur, impracticality, knight errantry, magnanimousness, nobility, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, quixotism, romanticism



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \I*de"al*ism\, n. [Cf. F. id['e]alisme.]
    1. The quality or state of being ideal.
    2. Conception of the ideal; imagery.
    3. (Philos.) The system or theory that denies the existence
       of material bodies, and teaches that we have no rational
       grounds to believe in the reality of anything but ideas
       and their relations.
  2. \I*de"al*ism\, n.
    The practice or habit of giving or attributing ideal form or
    character to things; treatment of things in art or literature
    according to ideal standards or patterns; -- opposed to
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