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
Recent Examples of idealism from the Web
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.
Those who fell and those who survived have given to this and to future generations an example of high idealism, courageous service and gallant achievement.
This kind of idealism might seem naive to jaded westerners, but the situation in Hong Kong demands it.
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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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