idealism

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noun ide·al·ism \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌliz-əm, ˈī-(ˌ)dē-\

Definition of idealism

  1. 1 a (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 reason b (1) :  a theory that only the perceptible is real (2) :  a theory that only mental states or entities are knowable

  2. 2 a :  the practice of forming ideals or living under their influence b :  something that is idealized

  3. 3 :  literary or artistic theory or practice that affirms the preeminent value of imagination as compared with faithful copying of nature — compare realism

1773

First Known Use of idealism

1773


IDEALISM Defined for English Language Learners

idealism

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noun ide·al·ism \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)ˌliz-əm, ˈī-(ˌ)dē-\

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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