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

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Established nearly 30 years ago to tap idealistic graduates of elite universities to teach at traditional public schools in high-poverty areas, Teach For America has evolved into an informal but vital ally of the charter school movement. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement," 18 June 2019 Both dramas feature a group of idealistic, attractive and diverse professionals entangled in workplace and romantic drama. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "See you on Netflix: An elegy for Shonda Rhimes’ ABC empire," 21 Mar. 2018 But changing history is not the same as escaping it, and, often, individuals—a young idealistic Islamist, a liberal protester on Tahrir—have turned out to be pawns of some larger force or trend. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Mohamed Morsi, Who Brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the Egyptian Presidency," 19 June 2019 In the two decades since the bright spot of Operation Palliser in Sierra Leone, the debacles of Western interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan have discredited the idealistic impulse behind the Blair Doctrine. Janine Di Giovanni, The New York Review of Books, "Sierra Leone, 2000: A Case History in Successful Interventionism," 7 June 2019 The idealistic vision was met with sharp criticism. Quanta Magazine, "Imagining Data Without Division," 30 Sep. 2013 So idealistic, ambitious people are the rule rather than the exception. Courtney Shea,, "Why You’re Closer To Joining A Cult Than You Think," 3 June 2019 For the series finale, a few Reddit posts foresee our central cast of characters finishing up in a Medium Place — not the idealistic heaven presented in the show's pilot. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 6 Craziest ‘The Good Place’ Fan Theories on Reddit," 16 May 2019 Officials in the Trump administration and the U.S. military argue that Obama’s approach proved overly idealistic, particularly as relations with Moscow soured. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s nuclear policy is taking us back to the Cold War," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of idealistic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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