Associations to the word «Idealism»


IDEALISM, noun. The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.
IDEALISM, noun. The practice or habit of giving or attributing ideal form or character to things; treatment of things in art or literature according to ideal standards or patterns, opposed to realism.
IDEALISM, noun. (philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.

Dictionary definition

IDEALISM, noun. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality.
IDEALISM, noun. Impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are.
IDEALISM, noun. Elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued.

Wise words

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Paul Gauguin