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Idealistic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    idealistic adj
  1. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of the reality of ideas [syn: ideal]
  2. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style; "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept" [syn: exalted, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, rarefied, rarified, noble-minded]
Idealistic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Idealistic \I*de`al*is"tic\, a. Of or pertaining to idealists or their theories.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Idealistic'

Idealism is the philosophical theory which maintains that experience is ultimately based on mental activity. In the philosophy of perception, idealism is contrasted with realism, in which the external world is said to have an apparent absolute existence. Epistemological idealists (such as Kant) claim that the only things which can be directly known for certain are just ideas (abstraction). In literature, idealism refers to the thoughts or the ideas of the writer.

In the philosophy of mind, idealism is the opposite of materialism, in which the ultimate nature of reality is based on physical substances. Idealism and materialism are both theories of monism as opposed to dualism and pluralism. Idealism sometimes refers to a tradition in thought that represents things of a perfect form, as in the fields of ethics, morality, aesthetics, and value. In this way, it represents a human perfect being or circumstance.

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* Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money. - Simone Weil

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  • Tian Chua: Ideologically idealistic but idiotic
    FMT LETTER: From Magdalena Joseph, via e-mail Reading Tian Chua’s tweets now and again has me shaking my head in disbelief. That an educated man who has passed the half century mark and experienced unbelievable ups and downs in life but still refuses to stop being a claptrap befuddles many, including myself. Just last month, he ran foul of the law for instigatin Read more on this news related to 'Idealistic'
  • Nothing new about naysayers in College of Charleston flap
    Despite a group of naysayers, idealistic youth, liberal faculty and of course the NAACP - who want to boycott everything and everybody that doesn't suit their agenda - Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell was unanimously approved by the College of Charleston's Board of Trustees to be the college's next president. It's easy to accept naysayers. There are... Read more on this news related to 'Idealistic'
  • ‘The Green Inferno’ Trailer: The Jungle Will Eat You
    Eli Roth‘s new film, The Green Inferno, is ugly. That’s by design — it’s not just a horror movie, but a film made in the mold of super-shockers like Cannibal Holocaust. Though the cannibal movie has largely passed out of fashion, Roth goes as far as he can with The Green Inferno, which drops an idealistic […] The post ‘The Green Inferno’ Trailer: The Read more on this news related to 'Idealistic'

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