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idealism

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1  —as in:
youthful idealism
Definition the belief that behavior should be guided by high ideals or standards and often that good things will result — sometimes used to imply that such beliefs are unrealistic
  • We are all inspired by her strong idealism.
idealism = the belief that behavior should be guided by high ideals or standards
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
    Carl Jung
  • Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
    David T. Wolf
  • At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas.
    Aldous Huxley
  • Romance may be called Idealism in the realm of sentiment.
    Fletcher, Robert Huntington  --  A History of English Literature
  • How could I explain my idealism to this man?
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • It sharpened idealism, stirred the soul.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • I'm no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system—that is no ideal to me, it is a living, working reality.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • idealist = someone who unrealistically believes that behavior should be guided by high ideals and standards
  • My grandmother, LaRue, had come of age in the 1950s, in the decade of idealistic fever that burned after World War II.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • idealistic = having the belief that behavior should be guided by high ideals or standards
  • He was an extremely intense young man and possessed a streak of stubborn idealism that did not mesh readily with modern existence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
idealism = belief that behavior should be guided by high ideals or standards

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2  —as in:
philosophical idealism
Definition the philosophical theory that there is no reality outside of ideas
  • In his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant distinguished his transcendental idealism from Descartes's Sceptical Idealism and Berkeley's Dogmatic Idealism.
idealism = the philosophical theory that there is no reality outside of ideas
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Idealism dominated 19th-century Western philosophical thought.
  • idealism = the philosophical theory that there is no reality outside of ideas
  • We can begin to state the difference between realism and idealism in terms of this opposition of contents and objects.
    Russell, Bertrand  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • I enrolled in every course I could squeeze into my schedule, from German idealism to the history of secularism to ethics and law.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
idealism = the philosophical theory that there is no reality outside of ideas

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