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[hahy-mahyn-did] /ˈhaɪˈmaɪn dɪd/
having or showing high, exalted principles or feelings.
Origin of high-minded
First recorded in 1495-1505
Related forms
high-mindedly, adverb
high-mindedness, noun
principled, honest, fair, ethical, idealistic, scrupulous. See noble. Unabridged
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  • But he was almost oppressively refined and scrupulous and high-minded.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The Master said, A gentleman is high-minded, not proud; the small man is proud, but not high-minded.

  • They treated him with a pale, dignified, high-minded respect that menaced his pocket-book and possessions.

    The Sport of the Gods Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • The heroic, the high-minded, the hapless Tecumseh was fallen.

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • Meanwhile I think it's very nice and high-minded of you not to go ahead and write nothing, with great ease and fluency!

    The Whirligig of Time Wayland Wells Williams
British Dictionary definitions for high-minded


having or characterized by high moral principles
(archaic) arrogant; haughty
Derived Forms
high-mindedly, adverb
high-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for high-minded

c.1500, "arrogant;" 1550s, "morally lofty," from high (adj.) + minded. Related: High-mindedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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