Definition of high-minded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhī ˈˌmīndid/


Having strong moral principles: high-minded notions of what good persons want to be
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  • They are not interested in lofty visions and high-minded idealism.
  • This is a film you can admire for its mix of cool looks and high-minded purpose, but it has lots of principles and no personalities.
  • There was nothing high-minded about the way he played politics.



Example sentences
  • Some react high-mindedly - they express relief that ‘the oldest political party’ has regained its sanity, that the democratic process worked, that the election will be between two adults, etc.
  • Even more high-mindedly, he claims: ‘Although I get paid a lot for the work I do, I don't do it for the money.’
  • This would indicate that the filters, checks and balances that Big Media spoke so high-mindedly about when the Internet took off, offer no protection whatsoever.


Example sentences
  • But strip away the high-mindedness and you're still left with an honorable goal: do the right thing, and own up in public when you screw up.
  • Costa-Gavras brings to his movie seriousness and high-mindedness, and elicits performances of intelligence and distinction from his cast.
  • What cannot be disputed, however, is its high-mindedness, for which he must be seriously commended.

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Syllabification: high-mind·ed

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