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idealist Syllabification: i·de·al·ist
Pronunciation: /īˈdē(ə)ləst/

Definition of idealist in English:


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.
utopian, visionary, wishful thinker, pipe-dreamer, fantasist, romantic, dreamer, daydreamer, stargazer;
Walter Mitty, Don Quixote
rare fantast
2 Philosophy A person who believes in the theory of idealism.
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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