When you're idealistic, you dream of perfection, whether in yourself or other people. For example, you might have the idealistic goal of bringing an end to childhood poverty in the world.

The adjective idealistic describes someone whose plans or goals of helping others are lofty, grand, and possibly unrealistic. Do you think world peace is within reach? You're idealistic. If your vision of the world is idealistic, you believe all problems can be solved and that all people can reach their full potential. Idealistic comes from the Greek idea, or "ideal prototype."

Definitions of idealistic
  1. adjective
    of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
    synonyms: elevated, exalted, grand, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, noble-minded, rarefied, rarified, sublime
    having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character
  2. adjective
    of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas
    synonyms: ideal
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