What does idealist mean?

Definitions for idealist
aɪˈdi ə lɪstide·al·ist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idealist, dreamernoun

    someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations


  1. Idealistnoun

    One who holds the doctrine of idealism, in any sense. In senses 4 and 5 of idealism, opposed to realist.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. idaliste.]


  1. idealistnoun

    One who adheres to idealism.

    Etymology: From idéaliste, from idealis, from idea.

  2. idealistnoun

    Someone whose conduct stems from idealism rather than from practicality.

    Etymology: From idéaliste, from idealis, from idea.

  3. idealistnoun

    An unrealistic or impractical visionary.

    Etymology: From idéaliste, from idealis, from idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idealistnoun

    one who idealizes; one who forms picturesque fancies; one given to romantic expectations

    Etymology: [Cf. F. idaliste.]

  2. Idealistnoun

    one who holds the doctrine of idealism

    Etymology: [Cf. F. idaliste.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. idealist

    1. A glassblower. 2. A somnambulist who insists on stepping out of a solid window into the air. 3. A person who lives in a tower of porcelain and dines on pumpernickel and lobscouse. 4. A man who fills his gasoline-tank with attar of roses and expects the motor to run.


  1. Idealist

    Idealist makes powerfully simple applications for freelancers and small businesses. They solve problems that every small business owner has faced, including invoicing, online payments, and collaboration. Idealist apps run in the cloud to make it possible to operate a business from anywhere while removing the distance constraints between team members.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idealist in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idealist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of idealist in a Sentence

  1. Alan Henning A taxi driver:

    The way I saw it, I didn't have a choice, this is what I was put here to do. I guess I am just a hopeless romantic, and I am an idealist, and I believe in hopeless causes.

  2. Sydney Harris:

    An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.

  3. Brad Bird:

    People know (Clooney) for his humanitarian work and that he is willing to step out and take an unpopular stand if he believes it is right, and that is good for this character because the character Frank is an idealist and it is about struggling with idealism too.

  4. The Times:

    Ms. Brown described herself in an interview as a government contractor — ‘almost like a broker,’ she said — who does not keep employees or specialize in any field but is able to procure subcontracted work as needed, and get a cut of the money along the way. She claims a fashion line and has several self-published books, and describes herself on Twitter as ‘A Diva, Mogul, Author, Idealist with scars to prove it,’.

  5. H.L. Mencken:

    An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

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