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idealistic

[ahy-dee-uh-lis-tik, ahy-dee-uh-]
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  1. of or relating to idealism or idealists.
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Also i·de·al·is·ti·cal.

Origin of idealistic

First recorded in 1820–30; idealist + -ic
Related formsi·de·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti-i·de·al·is·tic, adjectivean·ti-i·de·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·i·de·al·is·tic, adjectivehy·per·i·de·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·i·de·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·i·de·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·i·de·al·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-i·de·al·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-i·de·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·i·de·al·is·tic, adjectiveun·i·de·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for idealistic

radical, utopian, romantic, optimistic, idealized, abstracted, chimerical, dreaming, impractical, quixotic, starry-eyed, unrealistic

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Contemporary Examples of idealistic

Historical Examples of idealistic

  • 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.

  • 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

adj.

1829; see idealist + -ic.

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