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Definition of idealism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    idealism

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    noun
    BrE BrE//aɪˈdiːəlɪzəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//aɪˈdiːəlɪzəm//
     
    [uncountable] Political views and systems, Types of belief
     
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  1. 1the belief that a perfect life, situation, etc. can be achieved, even when this is not very likely He was full of youthful idealism. Idealism has no place in modern politics. See related entries: Political views and systems, Types of belief
  2. 2(philosophy) the belief that our ideas are the only things that are real and that we can know about compare materialism, realism See related entries: Types of belief
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent. (as a philosophical term): from French idéalisme or German Idealismus, from late Latin idealis, via Latin from Greek idea ‘form, pattern’, from the base of idein ‘to see’.Extra examples She was full of youthful idealism.
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