ide·​al·​is·​tic | \ (ˌ)ī-ˌdē-(ə-)ˈli-stik How to pronounce idealistic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce idealistically (audio) , ˌī-​dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of idealistic in a Sentence

idealistic pacifists who thought that tyranny could be toppled by rational argument and mutual understanding
Recent Examples on the Web The people in the streets—idealistic protesters, full-time activists, anarchists—are the young men and women of the current American left. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Smiley Face Liberalism," 24 June 2020 The story centers on three idealistic young research biologists determined to save a marshland on the verge of extinction. Kathy Passero, al, "‘The Marshes’ | How to watch the Australian thriller on Shudder," 16 June 2020 Many idealistic young people not only embrace the purpose of Covid-19 vaccine studies but seem willing to risk their health for the common good. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "An Ethical Path to a Covid Vaccine," 3 June 2020 Critics will say some are idealistic, even fanciful. Bill Laitner,, "Metro Detroit marches in step with nation at racial crossroads," 14 June 2020 Kim, who has a pragmatic disposition, and Farmer, who has a more idealistic one, had anticipated that the main argument against their program would be that the outbreak in Massachusetts was simply too advanced for contact tracing to do much good. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Can Coronavirus Contact Tracing Survive Reopening?," 12 June 2020 Floyd’s killing ripped off the bandage of America’s idealistic façade and revealed the ugly truth that African-Americans do not have equal opportunities. Bill George, Fortune, "America is at a tipping point. Here’s how we can recover," 12 June 2020 Its opening scene features one of the game’s idealistic protagonists, Lisa Santiago, being mistaken for janitorial help while trying to report verbal abuse at her local gym. Los Angeles Times, "Police abuse. Entitled white people: The most relevant, antiracist video game of 2020," 9 June 2020 To Shirley, Rose is rather simple and idealistic, but youthful and beautiful, full of potential. David Sims, The Atlantic, "An Unconventional Biopic About a Horror Master," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of idealistic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Idealistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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