Share this entry

Share this page

idealistic

Syllabification: i·de·al·is·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌīdē(ə)ˈlistik
 
/

Definition of idealistic in English:

adjective

Characterized by idealism; unrealistically aiming for perfection: idealistic young doctors who went to work for the rebels
More example sentences
  • Is the whole idea that there possibly could be something more to it just some idealistic fairytale notion?
  • Is it naively idealistic to imagine a British prime minister taking on such a Herculean burden?
  • There are parallels with Preston Tucker, the idealistic American inventor.
Synonyms
fanciful
informal with one's head in the clouds
chiefly British informal airy-fairy

Derivatives

idealistically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘It sounds idealistically trite now,’ she says.
  • Rather, they idealistically tend to believe that we should use our unparalleled military power judiciously and in concert with the United Nations.
  • I idealistically said that money was not a factor.

Definition of idealistic in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing