Definition of ideality in English:



  • 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. 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.’
    2. 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.’