idealism

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First attested 1796, from ideal +‎ -ism.

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idealism (countable and uncountable, plural idealisms)

  1. The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
  2. 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.[1]
  3. (philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry, which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.

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