Definitions for idealismaɪˈdi əˌlɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
i•de•al•ismaɪˈdi əˌlɪz əm(n.)
the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, or goals.
the practice of idealizing.
something idealized; an ideal representation.
treatment of subject matter, as in art, in which a mental conception of beauty or form is stressed.
Category: Fine Arts
any philosophical system or theory that maintains that the real is of the nature of thought or that the object of external perception consists of ideas.
Origin of idealism:
(philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality
impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are
high-mindedness, idealism, noble-mindedness(noun)
elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
idealism(noun)ɪˈdi əˌlɪz əm
the idealism of youth
The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
An approach to philosophical enquiry which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.
Origin: First attested 1796, from .
the quality or state of being ideal
conception of the ideal; imagery
the system or theory that denies the existence of material bodies, and teaches that we have no rational grounds to believe in the reality of anything but ideas and their relations
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
that view of the universe which, in opposition to Materialism (q. v.), refers everything to and derives everything from a spiritual root; is Subjective if traced no further back than the ego, and Objective if traced back to the non-ego likewise, its counterpart, or other, in the objective world. Idealism in art is art more or less at work in the region of the ideal in comparative disregard of the actual.
Translations for idealism
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a person having (too) high ideals of behaviour etc.
- idealismoPortuguese (BR)
- der IdealismusGerman
- آرمان گراییFarsi
- hugsjónastefna; hughyggjaIcelandic
- آرمان گراییPersian
- ايډياليزم، دتصور داصالت فلسفه (هغه فلسفى متكب چې فكر تر مادى مقدم بولىPashto
- ülkücülük, idealizmTurkish
- 理想主義Chinese (Trad.)
- chủ nghĩa duy tâmVietnamese
- 理想主义Chinese (Simp.)
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