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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Other Words from idealistic

idealistically \ (ˌ)ī-​ˌdē-​(ə-​)ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce idealistic (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 emotional Moon's trine to idealistic Neptune opens up our hearts to the possibilities, while perfectionist Venus' sextile to rebellious Uranus encourages us to create better solutions. Tarot Astrologers,, 13 June 2021 Content because the idea of America when absorbed through imagery or idealistic song, brings an almost overwhelming sense of identity, of belonging. Seija Rankin,, 10 June 2021 What was not sought was an idealistic captain determined to chart a bold new course. Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Instead, the idealistic undertaking to inoculate nearly a billion people collided with reality, foiled by a basic instinct for nations to put their own populations first, and a shortage of manufacturing capacity around the world. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Some would say that this is both egotistical, meaning that the brake checking driver is over endowing their own driving acumen, and idealistic thinking too. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Positivity is an understatement: some could argue the book is idealistic; utopian, even. David Vetter, Forbes, 24 May 2021 With a wink, Samuel Hammersley’s idealistic Superman takes the high road — mostly — while Eric Novella’s darker Batman sputters, rasps and just generally carries on. Matthew J. Palm,, 19 May 2021 Mac enthusiasts, for example, saw Gates and Microsoft as the antithesis of the free-spirited, idealistic Apple. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of idealistic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Idealistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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