Definition of high-minded in English:



  • Having strong moral principles.

    ‘high-minded notions of what good persons want to be’
    • ‘Since starting the whirlwind publicity tour to promote his autobiography, he has done his best to seem high-minded.’
    • ‘Maybe there is a better way to run for public office, but no serious candidate is willing to risk defeat in the high-minded quest to find it.’
    • ‘The British House of Commons is a place where people hoot and holler, and high-minded debate is also encouraged.’
    • ‘It's unquestionably a high-minded and ambitious piece of work.’
    • ‘But is their aesthetic really as thought-out, or as high-minded as you make it out to be?’
    • ‘Even the most high-minded government is not infallible.’
    • ‘This is a film you can admire for its mix of cool looks and high-minded purpose, but it has lots of principles and no personalities.’
    • ‘ITV pays lip-service to those high-minded ideals, while quietly slipping out programmes like When Celebrities Strip.’
    • ‘They aren't noticeably brave or ostentatiously high-minded.’
    • ‘Ultimately, the Super Girls is only an entertainment program and should not be the subject of such high-minded discussion.’
    • ‘It seems clear that despite all the high-minded language about offending democracy and the law, protesters are judged not according to what they do but why they do it.’
    • ‘It looks unhappily as if the high-minded director and her main character are dipping a quivering toe in the waters of non-PC sexuality.’
    • ‘Can television really afford to be this high-minded?’
    • ‘They're tired of politicians who parade across the world stage making high-minded promises when all they want is someone to make their lives a bit easier.’
    • ‘Who is so high-minded that such thoughts never crossed his/her mind?’
    • ‘There was nothing high-minded about the way he played politics.’
    • ‘Both editors offered high-minded defences for their cheap gibes.’
    • ‘Suffice to say I am suspicious of the self-righteous and high-minded motives you gave for pursuing this line of attack.’
    • ‘There are many of us who like to think we are too high-minded for reality television and the down-and-dirty roustabout of confessional chat shows.’
    • ‘They are not interested in lofty visions and high-minded idealism.’
    high-principled, principled, honourable, moral, upright, upstanding, right-minded, right-thinking, noble-minded, good, honest, decent, ethical, righteous, virtuous, worthy, idealistic
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