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1A person who is guided more by ideals than by practical considerations.‘he came to power with the reputation of a left-wing idealist’
utopian, visionary, wishful thinker, pipe-dreamer, fantasist, fantasizer, romantic, romanticist, romancer, castle-builder, walter mitty, don quixote, dreamer, daydreamer, impractical person, unrealistic personfantast, reveristView synonyms
- ‘A Wilsonian idealist sees democracy promotion as the foundation of national security.’
- ‘A materialist may have no more difficulty with idea or pattern than an idealist has with hardware.’
- ‘The real idealist is a pragmatist and an economist.’
- ‘Whether religious or not, these bright young things are idealists fighting the good fight.’
- ‘A corner of government opened itself to young idealists.’
- ‘I guess being an idealist, I often think that things are often not the way they should be.’
- ‘Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal dream to build a better world.’
- ‘I am an idealist, and I believe that we can and will fundamentally change our broken political system.’
- ‘Now I have seen several generations of young idealists come and go and the problems have worsened dramatically.’
- ‘What the program did do was make me wonder about the hazards of being an idealist.’
- ‘The youthful idealists were developing a cold cruelty.’
- ‘An idealist tempered by realism, Holland was a doer, not a doubter.’
- ‘Realists and idealists can both be effective leaders.’
- ‘Idealists around the world refuse to fight for their ideals.’
- ‘The ordinary man - the idealist - subordinates his interests to the interests of his ideals, and usually suffers for it.’
- ‘Without pragmatists, idealists have no idea how to get there.’
- ‘Idealists treat the sovereign independence of states as a basic cause of war and its attendant misery.’
- ‘Frank, always the idealist, had no problem in deciding where he stood in all this.’
- ‘Affected by delusions, he had undertaken the action of an idealist without any notion of the consequences.’
- ‘As students, we have the luxury of being political idealists, and it is time to put our ideas to work.’
A person who believes in the theory of idealism.
- ‘For Rorty, an idealist is someone who accepts a coherence theory of truth.’
- ‘Phenomenalists, or idealists generally, will reply that realism is mistaken or even incoherent.’
- ‘The greatest of philosophical idealists, the Greek Plato, founded around 25 centuries ago the first Socialist utopian system.’
- ‘Idealists like Hegel and Fichte emphasized that our activities shape the way we see the world.’
- ‘There is some disagreement as to whether phenomenalists should be labeled "idealists."’
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