Definition of idealist in English:

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idealist

Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈdɪəlɪst/

noun

1A person who is guided more by ideals than by practical considerations: he came to power with the reputation of a left-wing idealist
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
utopian, visionary, wishful thinker, pipe-dreamer, fantasist, fantasizer, romantic, romanticist, romancer, castle-builder, Walter Mitty, Don Quixote, dreamer, daydreamer, impractical person, unrealistic person
2 Philosophy A person who believes in the theory of idealism: Hegel described himself as an absolute idealist
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with idealist

realist, surrealist

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