Meaning of idealist in English:


Pronunciation /ʌɪˈdɪəlɪst/

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  • 1A person who is guided more by ideals than by practical considerations.

    ‘they were idealists and visionaries, in love with the work they had undertaken’
    • ‘A materialist may have no more difficulty with idea or pattern than an idealist has with hardware.’
    • ‘What the program did do was make me wonder about the hazards of being an idealist.’
    • ‘A corner of government opened itself to young idealists.’
    • ‘Affected by delusions, he had undertaken the action of an idealist without any notion of the consequences.’
    • ‘Without pragmatists, idealists have no idea how to get there.’
    • ‘Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world.’
    • ‘An idealist tempered by realism, Holland was a doer, not a doubter.’
    • ‘Idealists around the world refuse to fight for their ideals.’
    • ‘Whether religious or not, these bright young things are idealists fighting the good fight.’
    • ‘I guess being an idealist, I often think that things are often not the way they should be.’
    • ‘Frank, always the idealist, had no problem in deciding where he stood in all this.’
    • ‘The youthful idealists were developing a cold cruelty.’
    • ‘I am an idealist, and I believe that we can and will fundamentally change our broken political system.’
    • ‘The ordinary man - the idealist - subordinates his interests to the interests of his ideals, and usually suffers for it.’
    • ‘As students, we have the luxury of being political idealists, and it is time to put our ideas to work.’
    • ‘Realists and idealists can both be effective leaders.’
    • ‘Idealists treat the sovereign independence of states as a basic cause of war and its attendant misery.’
    • ‘A Wilsonian idealist sees democracy promotion as the foundation of national security.’
    • ‘The real idealist is a pragmatist and an economist.’
    • ‘Now I have seen several generations of young idealists come and go and the problems have worsened dramatically.’
    utopian, visionary, wishful thinker, pipe-dreamer, fantasist, fantasizer, romantic, romanticist, romancer, castle-builder, Walter Mitty, Don Quixote, dreamer, daydreamer, impractical person, unrealistic person
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  • 2Philosophy
    A person who believes in the theory of idealism.

    ‘Hegel described himself as an absolute idealist’
    • ‘For Rorty, an idealist is someone who accepts a coherence theory of truth.’
    • ‘The greatest of philosophical idealists, the Greek Plato, founded around 25 centuries ago the first Socialist utopian system.’
    • ‘Phenomenalists, or idealists generally, will reply that realism is mistaken or even incoherent.’
    • ‘Idealists like Hegel and Fichte emphasized that our activities shape the way we see the world.’
    • ‘There is some disagreement as to whether phenomenalists should be labeled "idealists."’