Idealism definition

ī-dēə-lĭzəm
The act or practice of envisioning things in an ideal and often impractical form.
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Behavior or thought based on a conception of things as they should be or as one would wish them to be; idealization.
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Pursuit of one's ideals, often without regard to practical ends.
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(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.
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A striving to achieve one's ideals.
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Idealized treatment of a subject in literature or art.
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Imaginative treatment in art that seeks to show the artist's or author's conception of perfection; representation of imagined types, or ideals.
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(philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.
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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.

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(philosophy) The theory that the object of external perception, in itself or as perceived, consists of ideas.
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The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
idealism
Plural:
idealisms

Origin of idealism

  • First attested 1796, from ideal +‎ -ism.

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