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[ahy-dee-uh-lis-tik, ahy-dee-uh-] /aɪˌdi əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌaɪ di ə-/
of or relating to idealism or idealists.
Also, idealistical.
Origin of idealistic
First recorded in 1820-30; idealist + -ic
Related forms
idealistically, adverb
anti-idealistic, adjective
anti-idealistically, adverb
hyperidealistic, adjective
hyperidealistically, adverb
nonidealistic, adjective
nonidealistically, adverb
overidealistic, adjective
quasi-idealistic, adjective
quasi-idealistically, adverb
unidealistic, adjective
unidealistically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is this country that is dangerous, with her idealistic conception of legality.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • At bottom they were all alike—very practical rather than idealistic.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • "idealistic, in a way, but spineless and corrupt," Garlock announced to all.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • In depicting his characters, he strikes a note of idealistic beauty.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • For the most part they were idealistic philosophers, but their influence was far-reaching in time.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
Word Origin and History for idealistic

1829; see idealist + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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