- The definition of idealism is believing in or pursuing some perfect vision or belief.
An example of idealism is the belief of people who think they can save the world.
idealism definition by Webster's New World
- behavior or thought based on a conception of things as they should be or as one would wish them to be; idealization
- a striving to achieve one's ideals
- imaginative treatment in art that seeks to show the artist's or author's conception of perfection; representation of imagined types, or ideals
- Philos. any of various theories which hold that:
- things exist only as ideas in the mind rather than as material objects independent of the mind
- things in the material world are actually manifestations of an independent realm of unchanging, immaterial models or forms
Origin: French idéalisme or German idealismus
idealism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act or practice of envisioning things in an ideal form.
- Pursuit of one's ideals.
- Idealized treatment of a subject in literature or art.
- Philosophy The theory that the object of external perception, in itself or as perceived, consists of ideas.
idealism - Cultural Definition
An approach to philosophy that regards mind, spirit, or ideas as the most fundamental kinds of reality, or at least as governing our experience of the ordinary objects in the world. Idealism is opposed to materialism, naturalism, and realism. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was an idealist; so was Immanuel Kant.