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[hahy-mahyn-did] /ˈhaɪˈmaɪn dɪd/
having or showing high, exalted principles or feelings.
Origin of high-minded
Related forms
high-mindedly, adverb
high-mindedness, noun
principled, honest, fair, ethical, idealistic, scrupulous. See noble. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for high-minded
  • Such high-minded disdain for the things of this world.
  • The reality is that his policies are building on an already quite high-minded and generous society.
  • The government has managed to drop other aspects of its once high-minded stand against the previous cabinet's policy.
  • In less high-minded places, voters and politicians may well snap their purses shut much sooner.
  • It is because such high-minded calls to action are no longer necessary.
  • Be not high-minded, but rather confess thine ignorance.
  • In this manner all high-minded peoples remember their ancient defeated enemies.
  • It's the recurring nightmare of high-minded modern parents of daughters.
  • The decorated halls of higher education sometimes aren't always so high-minded.
  • It's simply a callow pretense to declare yourself too high-minded ever to judge or make comparisons.
British Dictionary definitions for high-minded


having or characterized by high moral principles
(archaic) arrogant; haughty
Derived Forms
high-mindedly, adverb
high-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for high-minded

c.1500, "arrogant;" 1550s, "morally lofty," from high (adj.) + minded. Related: High-mindedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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