idealism

Idealism, as "noble-mindedness," is the belief that we should always strive for our highest ideals. Sometimes, though, idealism is a sort of incurable optimism.

It's one thing if you always pursue high-minded goals and right conduct — one definition of idealism. Just be careful to not get so caught up that you fail to see things as they really are — you don't want to go through life "wearing rose-colored glasses" — yet another definition of idealism. In philosophy, idealism is the theory that ideas are the only reality.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: idealism

1
n
elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
2
n
(philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: idealism
1

n elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued

Synonyms:
high-mindedness, noble-mindedness
Type of:
grandeur, magnanimousness, nobility, nobleness
the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct

n impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are

Types:
romanticism
impractical romantic ideals and attitudes
knight errantry, quixotism
quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior
Type of:
impracticality
concerned with theoretical possibilities rather than actual use
2

n (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality

Type of:
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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