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idealist

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noun ide·al·ist \ī-ˈdē-(ə-)list, ˈī-(ˌ)dē-\

Definition of idealist

  1. 1a :  an adherent of a philosophical theory of idealismb :  an artist or author who advocates or practices idealism in art or writing

  2. 2 :  one guided by ideals; especially :  one that places ideals before practical considerations

Examples of idealist in a Sentence

  1. an idealist sees the best in everyone, regardless of how they behave

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First Known Use of idealist

1803


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idealist

adjective ide·al·ist

Definition of idealist

Examples of idealist in a Sentence

  1. an idealist attempt to make a go of a mom-and-pop hardware store on Main Street

First Known Use of idealist

1856

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