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- The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
- The practice or habit of giving or attributing ideal form or character to things; treatment of things in art or literature according to ideal standards or patterns;—opposed to realism.
- (philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry, which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.
property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable
an approach to philosophical enquiry
- idealism in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
- idealism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- "idealism" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 152.