idealist


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, 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.
But all this does not declare him a positive idealist, and in fact, rather, he was willing to accept the world as he found it--he had no reformer's dream of 'shattering it to bits and remoulding it nearer to the heart's desire.
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.
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.
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.
If we are worried how mental states stand to that which is not any sort of mental state, then the idealist claim that there just is no realm of the extramental removes at one stroke all of our concerns.
Finally, left realists critique the left idealist assertion that crime will cease to exist only after the advent of socialism, and accordingly, that idealists dismiss any proposed solution to alleviate crime that is not rooted in broad structural change.