- The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
- (philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.
- (philosophy): philosophical idealism
- (philosophy): materialism
Adjectives for Idealism
crystallized; poetical; romantic; moral; altruistic; impulsive; abstract; soaring; poignant.
Verbs for Idealism
breathe—; clothe in—; decry—; dwell in—; encourage—; found on—; inculcate—; marvel at—; nurse—; prate about—; sacrifice to—; temper with—; value—; voice—; tinge with—; —affirms; —compensates; —denies; —hampers ; —.nelts; —reigns ; —teaches; — transcends.
Berkeleianism, Geistesgeschichte, Hegelian idea, Hegelianism, Kantian idea, Kantianism, Neoplatonism, Platonic form, Platonic idea, Platonism, absolute idealism, animatism, animism, archetype, aspiration, autism, autistic thinking, bigheartedness, bigness, chivalrousness, chivalry, complex idea, dereism, dereistic thinking, dream, dreamery, elevation, errantry, eternal object, eternal universal, exaltation, exemplar, flight of fancy, form, formal cause, generosity, generousness, great heart, greatheartedness, greatness, greatness of heart, heroism, high goal, high-mindedness, highest category, history of ideas, hylozoism, ideal, ideality, idealization, ideals, ideate, ideatum, idee-force, imaginative exercise, immaterialism, impracticality, innate idea, knight-errantry, knightliness, largeheartedness, liberality, liberalness, loftiness, magnanimity, magnanimousness, materialism, metaphysical idealism, model, monistic idealism, nobility, noble-mindedness, nobleness, noosphere, noumenon, openhandedness, panpsychism, pattern, percept, personalism, play of fancy, princeliness, prototype, psychism, quixotism, quixotry, reaching high, regulative first principle, romance, romanticism, simple idea, solipsism, spiritualism, subjectivism, sublimity, subsistent form, the Absolute, the Absolute Idea, the Self-determined, the realized ideal, transcendent idea, transcendent nonempirical concept, transcendent universal, transcendental, universal, universal concept, universal essence, unpracticalness, unrealism, unreality, upward looking, utopianism, visionariness, wish fulfillment, wish-fulfillment fantasy, wishful thinking
First attested 1796, from ideal.
- Idealism in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Idealism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913