- a person whose behavior or thought is based on ideals
- one who follows his or her ideals to the point of impracticality; visionary or dreamer
- an adherent or practitioner of idealism in art or philosophy
The definition of an idealist is a person guided by principles or hopes rather than by practicality.
A person who behaves in a way that he thinks will cause positive change, regardless of the actual reality, is an example of an idealist.
- One whose conduct or thinking is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations.
- An artist or writer whose work is imbued with idealism.
- An adherent of any system of philosophical idealism.
- To speak technically, it is an idealist monism."
- Realist make him almost if not quite intuitionalist; while there is also an idealist reading possible.
- Joseph was an idealist and a doctrinaire, whose dream was to build up his ideal body politic; the first step toward which was to be the amalgamation of all his dominions into a common state under an absolute sovereign.
- He was a psychological idealist and a metaphysical realist.
- Similarly the comparative failure of science to satisfy men's aspirations alike in knowledge and, so far as the happiness of the masses is concerned, in practice has been largely instrumental in producing that revolt against material prosperity as the end of conduct which is characteristic of idealist moral philosophy.