- having or showing high, exalted principles or feelings.
Origin of high-minded
First recorded in 1495–1505
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principled, honest, fair, ethical, idealistic, scrupulous. See noble.
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Examples from the Web for high-minded
At the very least, he would make a thoughtful and high-minded sparring partner for Clinton in the debates that lie ahead.Wait a Minute, Clinton Coronators—Here Comes Jim Webb
September 24, 2014
And Rose, of course, has hosted his high-minded eponymous PBS show for two decades.‘CBS This Morning’ Success Brings With It a Certain Swagger
July 22, 2013
For him to present it as a high-minded attempt to empower voters shows what nerve the guy has.Christie: Reviews Are In and Not Good
June 5, 2013
At one White House meeting in January 2010, the president veered between cold-eyed pragmatism and high-minded idealism.Obama’s Turning Point on Detainees
April 23, 2013
Inaugurals are supposed to be high-minded and conciliatory, right?Why Obama Needs to Deliver a Tough Inaugural
January 21, 2013
What contempt must she not feel for him, she who was so upright, so high-minded?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But he is high-minded, and possesses much intelligence and cultivation.
She was high-minded, and high-spirited, and not without a dash of romance.
They can afford to be high-minded, and generous, and noble-hearted, as much as they please.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
Then we shall all be able to afford to be noble and high-minded.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
- having or characterized by high moral principles
- archaic arrogant; haughty
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Word Origin and History for high-minded
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