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1[mass noun] The state or quality of being ideal.‘the ideality of the island of Aran’
- ‘At its worst, the exhibition muddied such sociological pronouncements with a problematic celebration of beauty, ideality and essential femininity.’
- ‘Dialogue was hailed the master key to unravel the mystery and considered a stairway to a higher level of ideality.’
- ‘But whilst Sidney may ground the truth of poetry in its ideality, he maps its territory as a profession between the truthful generalities of the philosopher and the useful particularities of the historian.’
- ‘Formal possibilities, qua formal, are indefinite and the vast array of this multitude of possibilities can be considered in their pure ideality.’
- ‘To sublimate is thus to confer ideality on that someone or something through which the subject articulates his or her ineffable desire.’
- 1.1The quality of expressing or being characterized by ideals.‘the loftiness and ideality of the Gettysburg Address’
- ‘The narrator describes his successive days with Usher and his artmaking thus: ‘An excited and highly distempered ideality threw a sulphurous luster over all’.’
- ‘Lincoln was successful in attaining the ideality of the Gettysburg Address.’
- 1.2[count noun]An ideal or idealized thing.‘they commenced their married life with idealities about love’
- ‘She becomes a pure ideality, a safe refuge to which Jim can return again and again, where he will never stumble up against the inevitable disappointments and absences of a real, substantial sweetheart, wife, mother, or sister.’
- ‘He would have ‘seen’ the very spatiality of the visible, the real which precedes all reality, all forms, all truth of particular sensations or constructed idealities.’
- ‘The democracy we speak of spreading throughout the world is now in our own country only an ideality.’
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