- a concept developed by the mind.
- a conception of what is desirable or ought to be; ideal.
- (initial capital letter)Platonism.Also called form.an archetype or pattern of which the individual objects in any natural class are imperfect copies and from which they derive their being.
- Kantianism.idea of pure reason.
- a likeness.
- a mental image.
Origin of idea
Synonyms for idea
Examples from the Web for idealess
Historical Examples of idealess
Only three were as utterly rude and idealess as they used to be at Christmas.The Daisy Chain
We have listened to all the drowsy, idealess, vapid sermons that we wish to hear.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
At such times a man is indeed helpless, and Drake stood overwhelmed and idealess.Nell, of Shorne Mills
Their special horror is of the compulsory theme, extracted from unwilling and idealess minds.College Teaching
On general subjects they are idealess and voiceless beyond monosyllables.Our Deportment
John H. Young
- a private mental object, regarded as the immediate object of thought or perception
- a Platonic Idea or Form
Word Origin for idea
late 14c., "archetype of a thing in the mind of God; Platonic `idea,'" from Latin idea "idea," and in Platonic philosophy "archetype," from Greek idea "ideal prototype," literally "the look of a thing (as opposed to the reality); form; kind, sort, nature," from idein "to see," from PIE *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of root *weid- "to see" (see vision). Sense of "result of thinking" first recorded 1640s.
Men of one idea, like a hen with one chicken, and that a duckling. [Thoreau, "Walden"]
Idée fixe (1836) is from French, literally "fixed idea."
see bright idea; put ideas in someone's head; what's the idea.