idealist


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

i·de·al·ist

 (ī-dē′ə-lĭst)
n.
1. One whose conduct or thinking is influenced by ideals that often conflict with practical considerations.
2. An artist or writer whose work is imbued with idealism.
3. An adherent of any system of philosophical idealism.

i•de•al•ist

(aɪˈdi ə lɪst)

n.
1. a person who cherishes or pursues high or noble principles, purposes, or goals.
2. a visionary or impractical person.
3. a person who represents things as they might or should be rather than as they are.
4. artist who treats subjects imaginatively.
5. an adherent of the doctrines of idealism.
adj.
6. idealistic.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idealist - someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
Don Quixote - any impractical idealist (after Cervantes' hero)
romantic - a soulful or amorous idealist
visionary - a person given to fanciful speculations and enthusiasms with little regard for what is actually possible

idealist

noun romantic, visionary, dreamer, Utopian He is not such an idealist that he cannot see the problems.

idealist

noun
A person inclined to be imaginative or idealistic but impractical:
Translations
مِثالي
idealista
idealist
idealist
hugsjónamaîur
idealista

idealist

[aɪˈdɪəlɪst] Nidealista mf

idealist

[aɪˈdɪəlɪst] nidéaliste mf

idealist

nIdealist(in) m(f)

idealist

[aɪˈdɪəlɪst] nidealista m/f

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.
References in classic literature ?
"The Muirhead Library of Philosophy was designed as a contribution to the History of Modern Philosophy under the heads: first of Different Schools of Thought--Sensationalist, Realist, Idealist, Intuitivist; secondly of different Subjects--Psychology, Ethics, Aesthetics, Political Philosophy, Theology.
It seems strange even to myself, when I have described a man who was cruel, selfish, brutal and sensual, to say that he was a great idealist. The fact remains.
If one classed him at all it would be as the countryman of Hegel and Kant, as the idealist, inclined to be dreamy, whose Imperialism was the Imperialism of the air.
A strange combination this of the worker, the idealist, the man of affairs.
Aristotle's failure does not lie in this, that he is both idealist and realist, but that he keeps these two tendencies too far apart.
Zarathustra abjures all those who would fain turn an IMPERSONAL eye upon nature and contemplate her phenomena with that pure objectivity to which the scientific idealists of to-day would so much like to attain.
His practical experience helps to explain as well why, unlike most great poets, he does not belong primarily with the idealists. Fine feeling he did not lack; he loved external beauty--some of his most pleasing passages voice his enthusiasm for Nature; and down to the end of his life he never lost the zest for fanciful romance.
There are many reasons to believe that for the practical idealists of the future, the supreme study will be the force that makes such miracles possible.
Let the idealists, the dreamers about earthly angel and human flowers, just look here while I open my portfolio and show them a sketch or two, pencilled after nature.
It would have been a splendid object lesson, she thought, to all those idealists who seek mass perfection in any phase of human endeavor, since here they might discover the truth that absolute perfection is as little to be desired as is its antithesis.
Many years ago, I was told an aphorism that supposedly came from Winston Churchill that said substantially the following: "Those who aren't idealists at twenty and realists at forty haven't fully lived".
Wenger would never let his guard down like Blanch-flower but he's more of an idealist than his rival managers in the Premiership.