idealist

noun
ide·​al·​ist | \ ī-ˈdē-(ə-)list How to pronounce idealist (audio) , ˈī-(ˌ)dē- \

Definition of idealist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one guided by ideals especially : one that places ideals before practical considerations
2a : an adherent of a philosophical theory of idealism
b : an artist or author who advocates or practices idealism in art or writing

idealist

adjective

Definition of idealist (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of idealist in a Sentence

Noun an idealist sees the best in everyone, regardless of how they behave Adjective an idealist attempt to make a go of a mom-and-pop hardware store on Main Street
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is true not only because of its distance from the capital, but also because of its self-image as a haven of relative freedom, a place of exile and a magnet for all manner of dissenters, idealists and oddballs. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "‘Here I Can Be My Own Dictator’," 15 Mar. 2020 Bloomberg is focusing on moderates — not pie-in-the-sky idealists or left-leaning ideologues. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Whitmire: Bloomberg’s Alabama bet is Joe Reed’s gamble," 12 Feb. 2020 For years, the environmental movement here was primarily the domain of academics, scientists and young idealists. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "In Australia, fires heat up environmental movement," 18 Jan. 2020 Like many leftist parties the SPD has regularly had to balance internal tensions between idealists and realists. The Economist, "Germany’s Social Democrats elect left-wing leaders," 30 Nov. 2019 For nearly a quarter-century, the old bus abandoned in Interior Alaska’s punishing wilderness has drawn adventurers seeking to retrace the steps of a young idealist who met a tragic death in the derelict vehicle. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Build a bridge? Move the bus? ‘Into the Wild’ still lures the unprepared into the Alaska wilderness," 28 Feb. 2020 Both fueled a lingering mystique about a young idealist, Christopher McCandless, who met his death from starvation in the bus, about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. USA TODAY, "Pancake race, a ballooning problem, Lincoln’s hearse: News from around our 50 states," 27 Feb. 2020 Both fueled a lingering mystique about a young idealist, Christopher McCandless, who met his death from starvation in the bus, which is about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. Fox News, "Italian hiker with frostbite, 4 others rescued in Alaska after trekking to 'Into the Wild' bus: officials," 26 Feb. 2020 Both fueled a lingering mystique about a young idealist, Christopher McCandless, who met his death from starvation in the bus, which is about 10 miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. NBC News, "Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after trek to 'Into the Wild' bus," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of idealist

Noun

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Idealist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idealist. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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