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

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 These two sound more idealistic about love, though interacting with Albee and Walker will inevitably put strain on their relationship as well. Peter Debruge, Variety, 22 July 2022 BeReal paints itself as the anti-Instagram, focusing less on the Millennial tendency to publish an idealistic version of themselves online, and honing in on Gen Z’s preference for the unfiltered. Fortune, 21 July 2022 An idealistic viewpoint of yours might not hold up to immediate reality. Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 Villanueva entered politics idealistic, largely friendless, and naïve. The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Bomer is set to play charismatic Hawkins Fuller, and Bailey will play the young and idealistic Tim Laughlin. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 11 July 2022 Perfectionism is a personality trait that manifests itself in endless striving to live up to often unrealistic and idealistic expectations. Nuala Walsh, Forbes, 17 June 2022 As the Jane Bennet to his Lizzie, Booster wrote the character of the sweet and idealistic Howie for Yang. Jen Yamatostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Impractical and idealistic visions have a chance at becoming real today. Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of idealistic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Idealistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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