- any system or theory that maintains that the real is of the nature of thought or that the object of external perception consists of ideas.
- the tendency to represent things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are, with emphasis on values.
OTHER WORDS FROM idealisman·ti-i·de·al·ism, nouno·ver·i·de·al·ism, noun
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How to use idealism in a sentence
It is in that rendezvous with a wider world that realism and idealism are destined to coexist.
That is where the link between realism and idealism specifically originates.
His saga, which has escalated to the trade request and staredown phase, is a bizarre case of a team draining its young superstar’s idealism in record time.Deshaun Watson is taking a stand against disingenuous NFL owners. It could change the league.|Jerry Brewer|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
A little bit of idealism will go a long way in softening the ground on a daunting issue.What ‘Schitt’s Creek’ can teach us about climate action|matthewheimer|December 6, 2020|Fortune
Remember the idealism and love of country that brought you to service.Republicans, it isn’t too late to stand up for the nation|Michael Gerson|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
Both followed wars; people were tired of idealism and self-sacrifice and were determined to enjoy a self- indulgent materialism.
Pope Paul VI and the Church at that time could be forgiven for puritanical idealism.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
TR reinvigorated the office after a succession of grey presidents with his unself-conscious energy, idealism and determination.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR|John Avlon|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By doing so, we will also achieve what Du Bois championed: practical idealism based in lifelong learning.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School|Michael S. Roth|August 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For Moses, the idealism of Freedom Summer was inseparable from the practical task of making it work.The 1964 Miss. Freedom Summer Protests Won Progress At a Bloody Price|Nicolaus Mills|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brahmanism carried idealism to the extent of denying any reality to sense or matter, declaring that sense is a delusion.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
Never, certainly, did age more need his high idealism to teach a nobler rule in national and private life.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
Briefly, by enlarging his enterprise, Terry threw away the immediate advantage of his personal idealism and charm.Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
Before his paintings and engravings pale idealism disappeared.
Cornelius endeavoured to raise the masses to his level, paid for his idealism with unpopularity, and was never understood.
British Dictionary definitions for idealism
Derived forms of idealismidealist, nounidealistic, adjectiveidealistically, adverb
Cultural definitions for idealism
An approach to philosophy that regards mind, spirit, or ideas as the most fundamental kinds of reality, or at least as governing our experience of the ordinary objects in the world. Idealism is opposed to materialism, naturalism, and realism. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was an idealist; so was Immanuel Kant.