Idealism - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |aɪˈdiːəlɪzəm|  American pronunciation of the word idealism
Brit.  |aɪˈdɪəlɪz(ə)m|  British pronunciation of the word idealism


- (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality
- impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are
- elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued (syn: noble-mindedness)

Extra examples

Their idealism has been corrupted by cynicism.

...there was a period of primal idealism after the founding of the republic and before the rise of partisan politics...

He had outgrown the radical idealism of his younger days.

He didn't see the slightest incongruity between the idealism of his plays and his own morals.

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