1. idealism

noun. ['aɪˈdiːlɪzəm'] impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are.


  • romanticism
  • quixotism
  • knight errantry


  • utility
  • environmentalism
  • hereditarianism
  • impractical

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Rhymes with Idealism

  • surrealism
  • realism

Sentences with idealism

1. Noun, singular or mass
The dichotomy behind all this may lie in the philosophical natures of both idealism and realism in educators.

Quotes about idealism

1. To me, one of the best faces America has ever projected is the face of a Peace Corps volunteer. That face symbolizes this country: young, curious, brimming with idealism and hope - and a real, honest compassion.
- Teresa Heinz

2. Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Don't look back, you can never look back.
- Don Henley

3. Long distance is hard. You have to trust that as you each change on your own, your relationship will also change along with you. It takes hope, good humor, and idealism. It takes a massive dose of courage to protect the relationship at all odds. It is hard, but worth it. You'll both be stronger as a result.
- Craig M. Mullaney, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education

2. idealism

noun. ['aɪˈdiːlɪzəm'] (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality.


  • philosophical theory


  • realism
  • functionality

3. idealism

noun. ['aɪˈdiːlɪzəm'] elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued.


  • noble-mindedness
  • nobleness
  • magnanimousness
  • high-mindedness
  • nobility


  • ignoble
  • dishonorableness
  • inelegance
  • usefulness