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i·de·al·i·ty

 (ī′dē-ăl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. i·de·al·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being ideal.
2. Existence in idea only.

i•de•al•i•ty

(ˌaɪ diˈæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. ideal quality or character.
2. capacity to idealize.
3. Philos. existence only in idea and not in reality.
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Noun1.ideality - the quality of being ideal
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
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And, therefore, to this man,--whose whole poor and impalpable enjoyment of existence heretofore, and until both his heart and fancy died within him, had been a dream,--whose images of women had more and more lost their warmth and substance, and been frozen, like the pictures of secluded artists, into the chillest ideality,--to him, this little figure of the cheeriest household life was just what he required to bring him back into the breathing world.
Why to the man of untutored ideality, who happens to be but loosely acquainted with the peculiar character of the day, does the bare mention of Whitsuntide marshal in the fancy such long, dreary, speechless processions of slow-pacing pilgrims, downcast and hooded with new-fallen snow?
The court, in the inside, had evidently been arranged to gratify a picturesque and voluptuous ideality.
We in our madness have separated the two, and have invented a realism that is vulgar, an ideality that is void.
An excited and highly distempered ideality threw a sulphureous lustre over all.
The antique volume which I had taken up was the "Mad Trist" of Sir Launcelot Canning; but I had called it a favourite of Usher's more in sad jest than in earnest; for, in truth, there is little in its uncouth and unimaginative prolixity which could have had interest for the lofty and spiritual ideality of my friend.
A freezing politeness, a strict fidelity to government principles, a profound contempt for theories and theorists, a deep-seated hatred of ideality, -- these were the elements of private and public life displayed by M.
The Lord never made either year face or head for X What good can your bumps of ideality, comparison, self-esteem, conscientiousness, do you here?
At such times I could not help remarking and admiring (although from his rich ideality I had been prepared to expect it) a peculiar analytic ability in Dupin.
This quaintness is, in fact, a very powerful adjunct to ideality, but in the case in question it arises independently of the author's will, and is altogether apart from his intention.
In respect of ideality, reverence, wonder, and other such phrenological attributes, it is no worse off than it used to be.
The extreme dearths of the city of Bari render the blissfulness of seacoast haven all the more lovely and bountiful than in a number of other poems positing a site of terrestrial ideality, an approach to heaven-on-earth: "There is nothing so heavy with earth as the sea's breath and the breath of fresh wilderness, the camomilla fields along the shore.