ide·​al·​is·​tic | \(ˌ)ī-ˌdē-(ə-)ˈli-stik, ˌī-dē-\

Definition of idealistic 

: of or relating to idealists or idealism

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idealistically \ (ˌ)ī-​ˌdē-​(ə-​)ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌī-​dē-​ \ adverb

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idealistic pacifists who thought that tyranny could be toppled by rational argument and mutual understanding

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In this novel, like his last one, Gessen writes with special feeling about the flyspecked romance of being young, idealistic, frugal and needing to scrounge for a decent meal. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018 These were true believers in an idealistic vision of college basketball that was long ago buried under a mountain of apparel and broadcast rights checks, a group unlikely to recommend the kind of true paradigm shift the sport needs. Dan Greene,, "Rice Commission's Recommendations Miss the Point of College Basketball's Real Problems," 25 Apr. 2018 Each company has raised more than $100 million in the last six months, and both make idealistic claims about solving urban congestion and reducing reliance on automobiles. Fortune, "The New Battle Between Cities and Ride Sharing Apps Is About Motorized Scooters," 18 Apr. 2018 In Braunau San Francisco Playhouse resents Dipika Guha’s story of a pair of idealistic progressives who move to Austria and embark on a plan to turn Adolf Hitler’s house into a bed-and-dinner., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 24," 22 June 2018 Savo, Barton, Mello, and Feinstein are key members of the idealistic group of young musicians, artists, environmentalists and friends who have collectively nurtured the festival’s steady growth while keeping its local character. Kevin Riordan,, "At South Jersey's 'Beardfest,' musicians, artists, and audiences collaborate and co-create | Kevin Riordan," 12 June 2018 Don't allow yourself to get triggered when someone seems unduly idealistic., "Horoscope," 7 June 2018 Roddenberry’s future was certainly idealistic, but the diverse crew of the USS Enterprise pointed the way to a brighter future. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 2018 In 2002, Blagojevich ran for governor of Illinois on a platform that framed him as idealistic, progressive and against corruption. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Who is Rod Blagojevich, why could President Trump pardon him?," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of idealistic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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