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idealistic

[ahy-dee-uh-lis-tik, ahy-dee-uh-] /aɪˌdi əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌaɪ di ə-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to idealism or idealists.
Also, idealistical.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; idealist + -ic
Related forms
idealistically, adverb
anti-idealistic, adjective
anti-idealistically, adverb
hyperidealistic, adjective
hyperidealistically, adverb
nonidealistic, adjective
nonidealistically, adverb
overidealistic, adjective
quasi-idealistic, adjective
quasi-idealistically, adverb
unidealistic, adjective
unidealistically, adverb
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Examples from the web for idealistic
  • He intends to shock, but there was a gentle and idealistic side to him.
  • At this stage, be idealistic about what is possible, and realistic about what you need.
  • Few people will bother to learn a language on abstract or idealistic grounds, she says.
  • And you know, although it sounds a little idealistic.
  • It is an idealistic vision, but self-interest is involved as well.
  • With memories of picket signs and protests, many recall their outrageous behavior during that idealistic time.
  • There are many many lawyers who work for non profits and do so for idealistic reasons.
  • The aims of intervening there are both humanitarian and idealistic but also political and pragmatic.
  • It's the way he's gone about acquiring it all, and the offbeat, often idealistic ways he chooses to spend it.
  • We have always been an idealistic people bound by pragmatism.
Word Origin and History for idealistic
adj.

1829; see idealist + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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