noun. ['aɪˈdiːlɪst'] someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations.
- Don Quixote
- idéaliste (French)
- idealis (Latin)
Words that Rhyme with Idealist
Example sentences of the word idealist
1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
The Myers-Briggs personality profile identifies idealist temperaments by the letters INFP -- introversion, intuition, feeling, perception.
2. Noun, singular or mass
The idealist believes the student wants to learn; the realist will hammer learning into the student.
Quotes containing the word idealist
1. I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic.
- Studs Terkel
2. An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.
- H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques
3. The idealist hopes. The romantic sees doom. The postmodernist sees doom and hopes.
- Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic