Definition of idealism
1a (1) : a theory that ultimate reality lies in a realm transcending phenomena (2) : a theory that the essential nature of reality lies in consciousness or reasonb (1) : a theory that only the perceptible is real (2) : a theory that only mental states or entities are knowable
3 : literary or artistic theory or practice that affirms the preeminent value of imagination as compared with faithful copying of nature — compare realism
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In 1917, an era of great hope and progress ended abruptly when the U.S. went to war, and the costs of dissent and idealism skyrocketed.
And today, another 25 years later, Joel once again returned to his alma mater to deliver the commencement speech, advising the 400 graduating seniors to hold onto their 18-year-old idealism to guide them later in life.
Photo by Neal Preston Fueled by pixel-eyed idealism, Wozniak spent a year and $12.5 million to create the 1982 US Festival, forming the company UNUSON—as in Unite Us in Song—for the purpose.
Within many of the remaining democracies, the quality of governance has deteriorated.... What is spreading today is repressive kleptocracy, led by rulers motivated by greed rather than by the deranged idealism of Hitler or Stalin or Mao.
The film flashes back to his time with three women played by Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher and Rachel Weisz, and chronicles the protagonist’s path from idealism to cynicism in his career and love life.
But Edwards has a tell-it-like-it-is architect in his court now to help sharpen idealism into the work that has to be done.
Don’t give up your idealism, and try to find the best way to promote your ideas.
Orwell’s increasingly phlegmatic and introverted personality, combined with a fierce idealism and a devotion to accuracy in writing, brought him as a writer to fight to protect a private place in that modern world.
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Definition of idealism for English Language Learners
: the attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty
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