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i·de·al

 (ī-dē′əl, ī-dēl′)
n.
1. A conception of something in its absolute perfection: the ideal of national unity.
2. One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence: The restaurant is considered the ideal in fine dining.
3. An ultimate or worthy object of endeavor; a goal: "those who regarded even a rhetorical commitment to the ideal of disarmament as irresponsibly utopian" (James Carroll).
adj.
1. Conforming to a standard of perfection or excellence; perfect or highly satisfactory: an ideal work environment.
2.
a. Existing only in the mind; imaginary: an ideal world where everything works out fine.
b. Lacking practicality or the possibility of realization: an ideal notion of how businesses are run.
3. Philosophy
a. Existing as an archetype or pattern, especially as a Platonic idea or perception: the ideal forms.
b. Of or relating to idealism.

[From Middle English, pertaining to the divine archetypes of things, from Late Latin ideālis, from Latin idea, idea; see idea.]
Synonyms: ideal, exemplar, model, standard, pattern
These nouns refer to someone or something worthy of imitation or duplication. An ideal represents a sometimes unattainable level of perfection: "Comic book heroes played a major part in shaping my boyhood ideal of manliness" (Theodore Roszak).
An exemplar, like a model, serves as a worthy example by being the best or most admirable of its class: "He is indeed the perfect exemplar of all nobleness" (Jane Porter)."Our fellow countryman is a model of a man" (Charles Dickens).
A standard is a basis of comparison or judgment: "Alexander's conquests created a legend that would provide the standard by which other leaders measured their careers" (Eugene N. Borza).
A pattern is an example worthy of imitation by reason of being an original or essential form of something: "I will be the pattern of all patience" (Shakespeare).

ideal

(aɪˈdɪəl)
n
1. a conception of something that is perfect, esp that which one seeks to attain
2. a person or thing considered to represent perfection: he's her ideal.
3. something existing only as an idea
4. a pattern or model, esp of ethical behaviour
adj
5. conforming to an ideal
6. of, involving, or existing in the form of an idea
7. (Philosophy) philosophy
a. of or relating to a highly desirable and possible state of affairs
b. of or relating to idealism
ideality n
iˈdeally adv
iˈdealness n

i•de•al

(aɪˈdi əl, aɪˈdil)

n.
1. a conception of something in its perfection.
2. a standard of perfection or excellence.
3. a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or standard and taken as a model for imitation.
4. an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, esp. one of high or noble character: to compromise one's ideals.
5. something that exists only in the imagination.
adj.
6. conceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence: ideal beauty.
7. regarded as perfect of its kind: an ideal spot for a home.
8. existing only in the imagination; not real or actual.
9. excellent; best.
10. based upon an ideal or ideals.
11. Philos.
a. pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable.
b. pertaining to or of the nature of idealism.
[1605–15; < Late Latin ideālis]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
value - an ideal accepted by some individual or group; "he has old-fashioned values"
beau ideal, paragon, perfection, idol - an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
criterion, standard - the ideal in terms of which something can be judged; "they live by the standards of their community"
exemplar, good example, example, model - something to be imitated; "an exemplar of success"; "a model of clarity"; "he is the very model of a modern major general"
ego ideal - (psychoanalysis) the part of the ego that contains an ideal of personal excellence toward which a person strives
2.ideal - model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
crackerjack, jimdandy, jimhickey - someone excellent of their kind; "he's a jimdandy of a soldier"
role model, model - someone worthy of imitation; "every child needs a role model"
class act - someone who shows impressive and stylish excellence
humdinger - someone of remarkable excellence; "a humdinger of a secretary"
Adj.1.ideal - conforming to an ultimate standard of perfection or excellence; embodying an ideal
perfect - being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen"; "a perfect day"
2.ideal - constituting or existing only in the form of an idea or mental image or conception; "a poem or essay may be typical of its period in idea or ideal content"
abstract - existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
3.ideal - of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas

ideal

noun
1. (often plural) principle, standard, ideology, morals, conviction, integrity, scruples, probity, moral value, rectitude, sense of duty, sense of honour, uprightness The party has drifted too far from its socialist ideals.
2. epitome, standard, dream, pattern, perfection, last word, paragon, nonpareil, standard of perfection Throughout his career she remained his feminine ideal.
3. model, example, criterion, prototype, paradigm, archetype, exemplar the ideal of beauty in those days
adjective
1. perfect, best, model, classic, supreme, ultimate, archetypal, exemplary, consummate, optimal, quintessential She decided I was the ideal person to take over this job.
perfect flawed, deficient, imperfect, impaired, unsuitable
2. imaginary, impractical, Utopian, romantic, fantastic, fabulous, poetic, visionary, fairy-tale, mythical, unreal, fanciful, unattainable, ivory-towered, imagal (Psychoanalysis) Their ideal society collapsed around them in revolution.
imaginary real, ordinary, actual, mundane, factual, literal
3. hypothetical, academic, intellectual, abstract, theoretical, speculative, conceptual, metaphysical, transcendental, notional an ideal economic world
Quotations
"The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them" [W. Somerset Maugham Cakes and Ale]

ideal

noun
1. One that is worthy of imitation or duplication:
2. A fervent hope, wish, or goal:
adjective
1. Conforming to an ultimate form of perfection or excellence:
2. Existing only in concept and not in reality:
Translations
شَخْص مِثالي، مَثَل أعلىمِثاليمِثَالِيٌّمُثُل عُليا
ideálníideál
ideelforbilledeideal
ihanteellinenoptimaalinenideaaliideaalinenihanne
idealan
eszményiideálideálisképzelttökéletes
ideal
fullkominnfyrirmyndímynd hins fullkomna
理想的な
이상적인
idealasidealiaiidealistasidealistinisidealizavimas
ideālspilnīgs
ideálideálny
idealen
ideal
ดีเลิศ
idealilkemükemmelmükemmel/kusursuz kimse/şeyülkü
lý tưởng

ideal

[aɪˈdɪəl]
A. ADJ [opportunity, weight, conditions, solution] → ideal
we do not live in an ideal worldno vivimos en un mundo ideal
he is the ideal person for the jobes la persona ideal para el puesto
an ideal place to liveun sitio ideal para vivir
B. Nideal m

ideal

[aɪˈdɪəl]
nidéal m
adj
[person, couple] → idéal(e)
the ideal person to do sth → la personne idéale pour faire qch
[world, society] → idéal(e)
(= perfect) → idéal(e)
ideal for sth → idéal(e) pour qch
The conditions were ideal for racing
BUT les conditions de course étaient idéales.

ideal

nIdeal nt (→ of +gen); (= model)Ideal(bild) nt (→ of +gen)
adjideal; ideal solutionIdeallösung f; ideal weightIdealgewicht nt; he is ideal or the ideal person for the jober ist für den Job ideal geeignet; the plants are ideal for growing in the homedie Pflanzen eignen sich ideal als Zimmerpflanzen; in an ideal worldim Idealfall; (philosophical statement) → in einer vollkommenen or idealen Welt

ideal

[aɪˈdɪəl] adj & nideale (m)

ideal

(aiˈdiəl) adjective
perfect. This tool is ideal for the job I have in mind.
noun
1. a person, thing etc that is looked on as being perfect. She was clever and beautiful – in fact she was his ideal of what a wife should be.
2. a person's standard of behaviour etc. a man of high ideals.
iˈdealist noun
a person having (too) high ideals of behaviour etc.
iˈdealism noun
ˌideaˈlistic (aidiə-) adjective
iˈdealize, iˈdealise verb
to regard as perfect. Children tend to idealize their parents.
iˌdealiˈzation, iˌdealiˈsation noun
iˈdeally adverb
1. perfectly. He is ideally suited to this job.
2. under perfect conditions. Ideally, we should check this again, but we haven't enough time.

ideal

مِثَالِيٌّ ideální ideel ideal ιδανικός ideal ihanteellinen idéal idealan ideale 理想的な 이상적인 ideaal ideell idealny ideal идеальный ideal ดีเลิศ ideal lý tưởng 理想的

i·deal

n., a. ideal; perfecto-a.

ideal

adj ideal
References in classic literature ?
What is the best of that sort, as compared with the friendship of man and wife, where the best impulses and highest ideals of both are the same?
Some of his low places he found lifted to ideals, some of his ideas had sunk to the valleys, and lay there with the sackcloth and ashes of pumice stone and sulphur on their ruined heads.
Rebecca was in the normally unconscious state that belonged to her years; boys were good comrades, but no more; she liked reciting in the same class with them, everything seemed to move better; but from vulgar and precocious flirtations she was protected by her ideals.
These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age.
In temperament he was a true scientific Bohemian, with the ideals of a savant and the disposition of an artist.
Posterity is the world to come, the world for whom we hold our ideals, from whom we have borrowed our planet, and to whom we bear sacred responsibilities.
He had approached them in such innocent good fellowship and with such childlike assurance of a hospitable welcome that the reception which had been accorded him had proved a shock to his boyish ideals.
We improve them gradually, because our ideals are vague and tentative, and our knowledge is very limited; because Nature, too, is shy and slow in our clumsy hands.
Destroy my desires, eradicate my ideals, show me something better, and I will follow you.
He saw himself even with those ideals which he had con- sidered as far beyond him.
The ideals that we owe to Christ are the ideals of the man who abandons society entirely, or of the man who resists society absolutely.
I don't think you realise sufficiently, Robert, that you have brought into the political life of our time a nobler atmosphere, a finer attitude towards life, a freer air of purer aims and higher ideals - I know it, and for that I love you, Robert.