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 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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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 The planet of love, Venus, also enters Aries on Saturday, April 20, encouraging you to strengthen your connection with others through interdependent intimacy, grounded in your idealistic vision for the future. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Some critics responded, but even those frustrated by the film's tonal shifts found room to praise Washington's work as the socially inept, idealistic title character. Glenn Whipp,, "Surprised by these 5? The stories behind a quintet of unexpected Oscar nominees," 25 Jan. 2018 But to his supporters, Jakub Skrzypski is just an idealistic tourist with no money to his name, a man with an oddball combination of sympathies for right-wing and liberation causes. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "Polish globe-trotter blunders into Indonesia-Papua conflict," 24 Sep. 2018 These individuals are strong, practical types: often well-educated, idealistic, committed and entitled. Karin Altenberg, WSJ, "‘Seaweed Chronicles’ Review: A Fragile World at the Water’s Edge," 10 Aug. 2018 While these are not easy afflictions to heal, and perhaps impossible to cure, one of the greatest threats to recovery remains the stubborn (and often idealistic) unwillingness of those who wield the scalpels to cut away the sickness. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Twitter is wrong: facts are not enough to combat Alex Jones," 10 Aug. 2018 In the third episode of Netflix comedy GLOW, energetic and idealistic producer Bash Howard (Chris Lowell) has taken the ragtag group of wannabe female wrestlers to his exotic mansion in Malibu. Mike Bloom, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Stars Wrestle With Inclusion and Satire Through Stereotypes," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of idealistic

1824, in the meaning defined above

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a strong desire or propensity

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